Where to go in Gyumri?

Lodka Building

The iconic building that connects Gyumri’s central square to Ryzhkov Avenue is affectionately known as the “Lodka building” by the locals, owing to its distinctive architecture. Designed by Hovhannes Kajaznuni, the first Prime Minister of the first Republic of Armenia, this building holds historical significance. The unique architecture is said to be inspired by the ships of Cilicia, reflecting Kajaznuni’s dream of a unified Armenian state. Remarkably, the construction materials include gravestones sourced from the former cemetery in Gorky Park, adding a layer of historical resonance to the structure.

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