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This monastery stands out from others.  Kids will love the hidden stairwell which is hard to spot in the shadows unless you look for it.  Some melted (from water erosion columns) and the chapel on a tall rock that broke away from the cliff the monastery is built on will add to the intrigue.  Beautiful ceiling tiles and a completely restored complex surrounded by fortified walls, all make this a standout worth the side trip.






This is one of the most popular trips associated with Gyumri.  The locals love to visit for a barbecue (or khorovats as it's locally called), and the meticulously restored pink stone structures make the visit well worth it.  Exploring the ruins and inscriptions, and napping by the river before a picnic is worth the trip.








Gyumri is the capital and largest city of the Shirak Province in northwest Armenia. It is located about 120 km from the capital Yerevan, and, with a population of 168,918 (2008; up from 150,917 reported at the 2001 census), is the second-largest city in Armenia.The name of the city has been changed many times in history. It was first known asKumayri or Gyumri, then Alexandropol then  Leninakan , then again as Gyumri.The city is situated on a 126 km distance north to Yerevan in the central part of the Shirak Highland


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