Gyumri is the capital of Shirak marz (province) in the northwest. With its 170 thousand inhabitants, it is small compared to Yerevan — still the second largest city of Armenia.
The city's name has initially been Kumayri, then Gyumri. Today, the name used for the old part of Gyumri. In Russian Armenia the city was called Aleksandropol. Some people may also still call it with its Soviet name Leninakan.
Gyumri was seriously affected by the 1988 earthquake, center of which was in the close town of Spitak. All damage has not yet been repaired and one can still see ruined buildings in the city.
The people of Gyumri are known for their distinctive dialect that may sound funny to many other Armenians, and for their sense of humour.
From Gyumri, we took a gas-powered bus to go to Vanadzor.
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