Illustrious citizens

    Other famous natives include singers Zaruhi Dolukhanyan, Shara Talyan, and Araksi Gyulzadyan. Composers Nikoghayos and Armen Tigranyans. Poets Avetik Isahakyan, Shushanik Kurghinyan, and Hovhannes Shiraz. Actors and directors Mher Mkrtchyan, Albert Mkrtchyan, and Edmon Qyosayan. Academicians Artashes Shahinyan, Sergey Hambardzumyan, Rafayel Aleksandryan, Christopher Koshtonyants, Aleksandr Hakobyan, Armenak Mnjoyan, Karlen Adamyan, and Ruben Zaryan. Great Armenologists Ervand Lalayan and Grigor Khalatyan. World famous sculptors Sergey Merkurov and Ferdinant Soghoyan. Most of the frescoes painted by Minas Avetisyan are located in Gyumri. Learn more here.