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domingo, 23 de agosto de 2015

Dzitoghtsyan Museum of National Architecture. The Museum covers both the history and everyday life of Gyumri, as well as paintings and other works of art.

Officially Dzitoghtsyan House-Museum of Social Life and National Architecture (Armenian: Ձիթողցյանների քաղաքային կենցաղի և ազգային ճարատարապետության տուն-թանգարան) is a museum in Gyumri, Armenia. It was founded in 1984 in the Dzitoghtsyan family house, dating back to the 19th century. The museum exhibits elements of the daily urban life of Gyumri, as well as the local cultural and architectural characteristics of the city.


The famous house of Dzitoghtsyan family was built in 1872 by 4 brothers who migrated from the Western Armenian village of Dzitogh, to the city of Alexandropol. It is built with the famous red tuff stone of Shirak.

The house-museum, exhibits a collection of the Alexandropol social life characteristics, from the 19th century up to the 1920s. It also features the cultural, architectural and religious aspects of the city.


Constructed in 1872 by Dzitoghtsyan family, the house-museum consists of several sections where the belongings of the former owners have been preserved.

Part of the ground floor of the mansion has been converted into a wonderful restaurant called Fayton Alek, which is a good place to rest and have a meal at the end of your long tour. The vaulted interior ceilings, the traditional rugs and other decorations are well worth seeing.

The museum is divided into two sections: the first room displays an exhibition of photographs of famous people. Among them are photographs of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Jacques Cousteau. You can also see furniture in the rooms of the Dzitoghtsyans: the piano brought from Italy and other pieces of furniture brought from Russia and Europe. The exposition is remarkably rich, highlighting the exceptional mastery of the local craftsmen. The collections include contemporary artwork, carpets and handicraft from Gyumri.

In the second room, photographs of old Gyumri and 19th century maps of old Alexandropol are displayed. The room has an odd display of keys on the wall, as well as a very well-done diorama of the old city.

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