Gyumri, the capital of the Shirak marz, is a historic city, with a rich urban heritage and culture. It is the heart and soul of the marz, where the “giumretsi” taste, lively humor, warm hospitality and pride was preserved. These people laughed even in hardships. “We have such fantastic cemeteries, one visits, and wishes to die”. The famous pink Artik tuf stone composes Yerevan’s Republic Square and other buildings.