Monday, April 06, 2009

ARCHITECTURE: Gyumri Has Preserved The Aura And Architecture Of The 19th Century

by Tatul Hakobyan

The Armenian Reporter
Friday March 27, 2009

Gyumri, Armenia - The devastating earthquakes of October 22, 1926, and December 7, 1988, which claimed the lives of about 750 and 17,500 residents of Gyumri respectively, ruined most of the city's buildings except those built during the czarist era - from the second half of the 19th century to the 1920s. When you walk through the central streets of Gyumri, you feel the aura of the 19th century and become fascinated by the city's architecture. That city, however is not present-day Gyumri, it is Alexandrapol, a city which in its day used to be the second richest, most beautiful and attractive city after

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