November 19th, 2008 – by: Deats
People I met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)
Vanadzor is Armenia's second biggest town, consisting of 170,000 people and a lot of horrible Soviet style housing. From first impressions of the country, it seems like Armenian towns hold all the charm of a decaying dog, but i hope this improves when we reach Yerevan. The main reason for our visit here was to transit to Kobayr, but we did get to see a Russian Orthodox Church and Ghara Khilise (Black Church), which is an Armenian Apostolic Church.
As we had to come back to Vanadzor after visiting Kobayr, we went and left our luggage in the train station, and it was interesting to see that quite literally nothing had changed there in 20 years. There was an impressive map of the Soviet Union, which showed where the train lines ran, including places such as Ashgabat, Tallinn, Almaty and Saint Petersburg. It was one of those quirky remnants that i find appealing, unlike the dreary grey slabs that pass for homes, which greeted us when we stepped foot back out into the streets.