Ancient City of Ani – Kars

Ani is an ancient city on the Armenian border of Turkey. It’s uninhibited for more than 400 years. However it has been one of the most important cities in history, the capital to many different kingdoms and empires in its bright past.

Ani is 45 km from Kars, a city in Eastern Turkey. From Kars to Ani, a taxi ride will take you to Ani and will cost around 120TL both ways.

On the way to Ani
On the way to Ani. Fresh snow on the ground. Small village seen in distance
On the way to Ani. Mount Ağrı (Ararat) seen in distance
On the way to Ani. Turkey's highest mountain Mt. Ağrı (Mt. Ararat, 5137 meters) seen in far distance, from 120km
Ani city walls
Ani city walls on the right
Ani city gates
Entering Ani
Ani city ruins
Ruins of Ani
Ruins of Ani
Ruins of Ani
The Church of the Holy Redeemer (Surb Prkich)
The Church of the Holy Redeemer (Surb Prkich). Eastern half was totally demolished in 1955 during a storm
Remains of King Gagik's church
Remains of King Gagik's church, built in 1001 and believed to be collapsed short time after that
Cathedral of Ani
Inside Cathedral of Ani. Built in year 1001, dome was collapsed in 1319
View from Cathedral of Ani
View from Cathedral of Ani
View from Menüçehr Mosque
View from Menüçehr Mosque. Right side of the valley is Armenia, left is Turkey. A collapsed ancient bridge can be seen, once connecting two sides. Far left on the cliff, there is the church of St Gregory of Tigran Honents; one of the best preserved monuments in Ani
Dome of St Gregory of Tigran Honents church
Dome of St Gregory of Tigran Honents church, built in 1215
Frescoe inside St Gregory of Tigran Honents Church
Frescoe inside St Gregory of Tigran Honents Church
Ani valley
The valley in Ani has some caves, facing to the river. Maybe, the settlement of Ani dates back to pre-history as this location looks like a perfect spot for the primitive hunter communities to reach water and migrating animals.


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