Kim Kardashian West And Khloé Kardashian Visit Armenia, Kanye West Performs Surprise Concert
Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West and Khloé Kardashian touched down in Israel on Monday after spending four days visiting Armenia.
Kim And Khloé Kardashian Visit Armenia
Kim and Khloé embarked on their short, but full, trip to Armenia last week, hoping to get in touch with their Armenian roots. Their father, Rob Kardashian, was of Armenian descent, and the Kardashians, especially Kim, have been vocal about their Armenian pride in the past.
Kim and Khloé landed on April 8, and were greeted by enormous crowds of fans. “The love and welcoming to Armenia has been overwhelmingly beautiful! I wholeheartedly can’t believe all of you Angels who are outside our hotel with flowers and smiles. [I’m] incredibly eager to get some sleep and see Armenia in the daylight! I hope I’m able to sleep. I’m so excited to be here,” Khloé wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of the fans outside her hotel.
In the days following their arrival, Kim and Khloé went on a whirlwind tour of Armenia. On Thursday, the sisters, joined by their cousins Kourtni and Kara Kardashian, met with Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan before doing some sight seeing.
The Kardashians visited the Mother Armenia statue in Yerevan, the country’s capital, and both shared photos of their visit on Instagram. “The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength,” Khloé wrote.
Visiting the Mother Armenia statue today in Yerevan. The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength. It can remind viewers of some of the prominent female figures in Armenian history. Who took up arms to help their husbands in their clashes with Turkish troops and Kurdish irregulars. I am woman hear me roar! Blessed to be here!!!
The sisters also took some time to pay their respects to those lost in the Armenian genocide by visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial. “Kim and I paying respects at the Armenian genocide memorial. We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey as a country,” Khloe wrote, sharing the moment on Instagram. 2015 marks 100 years since the genocide.
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The Kardashians also got to know a bit more of their personal Armenian roots. Over the weekend, Khloé and Kim traveled to Gyumri, a city just outside of the Armenian capital, where their ancestors lived.
Kanye West Performs Surprise Concert In Armenia
Completing the trip were Kim’s husband, Kanye West, and their daughter North West, who tagged along while the family visited the historic sights.
And, during their final night in Armenia, West surprised local fans with a surprise, free concert at Swan Lake in Yerevan. West performed a handful of songs and thanked the crowd for coming and the Armenian people for welcoming his family to their country, telling the crowd, “Feels good to be home – that’s what my wife said.”
(The concert begins at the 46 minute mark)
After performing some of his major hits, including “Stronger” and “Power,” West decided to mix things up, hoping to get closer to the crowd that had gathered across the lake. West suddenly jumped into the water, causing man fans to do the same. Unfortunately, authorities shut down the concert after removing West from the lake.
What a crazy night! Kanye wakes me up & says he’s doing a free concert in Yerevan, Armenia! I throw on sweats & we head out! Thousands of people were there! Kanye jumped in swan lake to be closer to the crowd on the other side & so many people jumped in too! It was such an exciting crazy night! So happy I got to rock out with everyone in Armenia on our last night here!!!! #EpicNight #ArmenianPride
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“Thousands of people were there! Kanye jumped in swan lake to be closer to the crowd on the other side & so many people jumped in too! It was such an exciting crazy night! So happy I got to rock out with everyone in Armenia on our last night here,” Kim wrote on Instagram.
Why Kourtney Didn’t Go To Armenia
The sisters were first rumored to be going on a trip to Armenia in January, and Kim, Khloé were rumored to be going along with their older sister, Kourtney Kardashian, and her three children. However, Kourtney decided against going on the international trip, saying she just couldn’t make the trip with her three young children. “I do wish that I could have experienced the trip with my sisters, but I do know that we will all go to Armenia together someday,” Kourtney said on Instagram.
North West Baptized In Jerusalem
Now in Jerusalem, it’s rumored that West and Kim had their daughter North baptized at St. James Cathedral in the Old City of Jerusalem. According to reports, Khloé was named godmother during the proceedings, and the famous family followed up North’s baptism with a dinner with Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat.
— Mayor Nir Barkat (@NirBarkat) April 13, 2015