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The Church of the Redeemer; Ani, East Turkey, beside the border with Armenia.

The church was largely intact until 1955, when the entire eastern half collapsed during a storm

My last travel in Turkey


"Ani (Armenian: Անի, Latin: Abnicum) is a ruined and uninhabited

medieval city-site situated in the Turkish province of Kars, beside

the border with Armenia. It was once the capital of a medieval

Armenian kingdom that covered much of present day Armenia and eastern

Turkey. The city is located on a triangular site, visually dramatic

and naturally defensive, protected on its eastern side by the ravine

of the Akhurian River (Turkish: Arpaçay) and on its western side by

the Bostanlar or Tzaghkotzadzor valley. The Akhurian is a branch of

the Araks River and forms part of the current border between Turkey

and Armenia. Called the "City of 1001 Churches", it stood on various

trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and

fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically

advanced structures in the world.


At the height of its glory, Ani had a population of 100,000 - 200,000

people and was the rival of Constantinople, Baghdad and Cairo. Long

ago renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani has been abandoned

and largely forgotten for centuries."



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Taken on August 7, 2008