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Ani Ruins

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Address: Kars, Turkey
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Absolutely Incredible historical site!

Thorougly recommended to anyone who likes history or Armenian culture! This is the main attraction in the region and a must to anyone who is nearby. The ruins see little tourists... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Edward C
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Thorougly recommended to anyone who likes history or Armenian culture! This is the main attraction in the region and a must to anyone who is nearby. The ruins see little tourists, so you really are able to get this majestic site all to yourself! Getting there is a bit tricky but shouldn't be worried about. Locals in Kars are helpful... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Armenia style church is something I don't always see. The view of the ruin is gorgeous. It is very common you might be the only visitor in the ruin, the quietness makes you feel so peaceful when your mind travels back and forth between the history and current time.

Thank HardyW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located at the Armenian-Turkish border on the Turkish side, the Ani Ruins is a must see. It was once a very populated town on the Silk Route with only a few ruins remaining today. Only 45 km away from Kars you can get there with taxi or with your private car. There is no public transportation. The Enterance fee is... More 

Thank Emre O
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Being of Armenian descent, it was important for me to visit this once armenia bustling huge city, it was moving for us and sad to see how badly it is looked after, but having walked around the ruins, we saw that it is actually looked after and some areas restoration was in place, the churches were just beautiful and its... More 

Thank JazzzSay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

For silk road buffs its a must. Not to be confused with Karsh on the Mediterranean coast this little visited place is very special. No crowds when I went. it rises out of the windswept high step plains as you drive from Kars like stepping back in time. Once the great Armenian capital that rivalled Constantinopal (Istanbul) it had the... More 

Thank Katherine S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Absolute highlite of our trip to Turkey, way more interesting than (for instance) Göreme. We had he place to ourselves in October and wandered around for hours. We even made it to the fortress, which used to be off limits but is now accessible. Be careful not to trip though. You mind end up in Armenia.

Thank RPasset
New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Now just a handful of churches in ruins, it's hard to believe that Ani once rivaled Constantinople and Baghdad in size and significance. The buildings that remain show the wonderful Armenian architecture. The whole site overlooks a river, and on the other side of the river is Iran. The Silk Road passed through this old city. A fascinating place to... More 

Thank Providence_RITom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Ani ruins is a must to see if you happen to be in the northeastern part of Turkey. The ruins, some in relatively good shapes, compose a grandiose and fascinating ensemble of buildings and structures: walls, churches, palaces, shops, mosques bathes, from between 900 to 1200 AD. Ani was a major trading centre on the Silk Road, strategically located near... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

For travellers who enjoy exploring picturesque ruins, a visit to the Ruins of Ani near Kars is an extraordinary experience. The ruins of stone churches are scattered across the deserted site of the former capital of Armenia (the wooden and smaller stone buildings that once comprised the rest of one of the medieval world's most important cities have long since... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Well worth taking a guide with you. Celilani@hotmail.com , Celil Ersozoglu was our guide. Unique, unlike any other ruins we saw in Turkey. 45 km out of town our guide drove us out there. Wear walking shoes as it is a large area to walk. Few paved paths, rough and dusty. Very few people out there.

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