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Gyumri (Municipality, Armenia)


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Flag of Gyumri and close-up of the central emblem - Images by Jens Pattke, 9 April 2011

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Presentation of Gyumri

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 as Kumayri or Gyumri, then Alexandropol (18401924), then Leninakan (19241990), then again as Gyumri.

Source: Wikipedia

Jens Pattke, 9 April 2012

Flag of Gyumri

The flag of Gyumri is described as follows on the municipal website:

The color of the flag is white, with gilt edged. There is a red cross in the center, with the golden image of a panther. The width to length proportions of the flag are 1:2.
The white color represents the will to live in peace. The red cross represents the longevity of the people and the Christian belief. The golden panther representing the Bagratids coat of arms, symbolizes the independence and statehood of Armenia.

On the video footage of the flag consecration ceremony, the flag appears without fringe or edge.

Jens Pattke, 9 April 2012

Coat of arms of Gyumri

[Arms of Gyumri]

Coat of arms of Gyumri - Image by Jens Pattke, 9 April 2011

The coat of arms of Gyumri is described as follows on the municipal website:

The panther. Shirak region was the residency of the Bagratids, thus their coat of arms is used.
The arch. Mount Aragats and the church are used as elements typical to Gyumri architecture and nature.
St. Gregory Illuminator's Lantern is used because, according to the legend, the Illuminator's Lantern is burning in between the peaks of Mount Aragats.
Shoul (balance thread) is used as the symbol of the crafts and punctuality.
Symbols of education and art are on the right and left sides of the arch.

Jens Pattke, 9 April 2012