Gyumri (Urban Life museum, Black fortress, walking through the old streets), Harichavank

$28/ per person

  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Start: 09:00

“If you want to know Armenia, you must come to Gyumri,” is a statement profoundly believed by all citizens of Shirak’s capital town. During this tour you will visit Dashtadem medieval fortress of Aragatsotn province.You will also visit Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia. It is one of the main cultural centers of the republic and the only Catholic church in Armenia has recently been built in Gyumri. Besides, there will be a chance to walk through the old streets of the town, visit Black fortress. Finally visit Monastery Marmashen that is unique due to the beautiful color of the stones and the architectural solutions that can also be found in Western European churches of late period.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Master classes & tastings
  • WiFi in vehicles
  • Hotel pick-up (city center)
  • Air Conditioning in vehicles
  • Vehicle & passengers insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Cookies


  • Do not miss an opportunity to visit colorful Gyumri
  • Learn about Gyumri people and their sharp humor
  • Feel yourself an emperor in the Black Fortress of Gyumri
  • Discover the magnificent architecture of Harickavank church

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Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. Being one of the most ancient settlements in Armenia with the history of 3000 years, Gyumri is a significant location to visit and admire. Its name has been changed several times.

The Monastery of Haricavank is located in the village of the same name in the region of Artik, Republic of Armenia.The village is 3 km southeast of the town of Artik, the regional center. Archaeological excavations begun in 1966 indicate that the nearby village of Harich was in existence during the 2nd century BC and was one of the more well known fortress towns in Armenia.

The monastery itself is surrounded by walls and includes the churches of S.Grigor Lusavoritch and S.Astvatsatsin, the two gavits, and several chapels constructed at various periods. The Church of S.Grigor Lusavoritch is attributed to the 7th century on the basis of its architectural details. The precise date of its founding is still unknown, however its is considered to have been no later than the 7th century. The probable date of construction for the Church of S.Grigor Lusaworitch is the 7th century and for the ruined basilican Church of S.Harutiun, located in a nearly cemetery, it is the 5th century. Two inscriptions on the Church of S.Astvatsatsin state that it was erected in 1201 AD by the Amirspasala Prince Zakare Zakarean. The complex subsequently became known as one of the most famous monastic centers in Armenia and it was especially renowned for its school and scriptorium.


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