Learn archaeology along with building conservation skills as you uncover the past and save historic architecture that holds the key to Gyumri’s economic future.
Thirty-two years ago, the Spitak earthquake rocked Gyumri. 25,000 people died, 140,000 were injured and 16,000 were rescued from collapsed buildings. This disaster was paired with the collapse of the Soviet Union, which brought industry to a halt and eliminated most jobs. The impact of these events is still a factor that drives current events in Gyumri today.
AiP began building conservation efforts in Gyumri in 2011. We continue to expand our ambitions and strive to make a greater impact on the extensive needs of Gyumri and surrounding rural communities. The focus must be on changing residents’ perspective while creating jobs that provide a sustainable income.
Archaeology and preservation are key to revitalizing Gyumri through heritage tourism.
- Meet some of Gyumri's top artisans in ironwork.
- Experience a 3-day tour of Armenia's top historic and cultural sites.
- Enjoy delicious cuisine in a variety of new and established restaurants.
The goal is to empower the female population to become more entrepreneurial. The picturesque landscape of northern Shirak is a source of animal and plant-based ingredients that provide women with wool for hand-woven carpets, herbs for medicinal teas, and wildflowers for honey to name but a few.