Marmarashen monastery located near the village of Marmarashen. Marmatrsashen monastery consists of five churches, two of which are nearly ruins. The main church of the monastic complex is Katoghike. A long inscription engraved on the south fasade of the church mentions that the monastery was founded during 988-1029 by prince Vahram Pahlavuni, the lord of Amberd fortress also the sparapet of the army of the Armenian kings of Ani. In 1064 the seljuk turks looted the monastery.
The Harichavank is 7th century Armenian monastery located near the village of Harich. Harichavank known as one of the most famous monastic centers in Armenia. Archaeological exscavations of 1996 indicate that Harich was in existence during the 2nd century BC, and was one of the more well known fortress towns in Armenia.
Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak province in Armenia. By the end of the 19th century when the city was known as Alexsandrapol. Archaeological excavations conducted throughout the soviet period have shown that the area of modern-day Gyumri has been populated since at least the third millennium BC. In 1902 the first bank in the city was opened. The city suffered major damage during the 1988 Spitak earthquake.