Here the silence cries.......
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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."