Welcome to Gyumri
Armenia’s second-largest city is on an upswing three decades after the devastating 1988 Spitak earthquake levelled most of Gyumri. Thanks in part to foreign contributions (French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour and the European Bank are among the donors) Gyumri is being rebuilt with the addition of pretty cobblestone and lamp-lit streets. Restoration is still a work in progress though, as many art-nouveau buildings remain largely rubble and nearly 2000 people still live in shipping containers – a post-earthquake plan that was far from temporary. But there’s excitement in the air. Pedestrian-friendly Rizhkov St is lined with trendy cafes and nightlife venues are starting to pop up in the traditionally sleepy city. Artists from Yerevan are coming and more importantly, young Gyumritsis are staying when they were previously known to flock to the capital or flee to Russia. Unlike ever before, Gyumri is proving Armenia has more than one city worth visiting.
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