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Ani Ruins

Address: Kars, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Kars
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Vienna, VA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Turkish explanations never mention the word" Armenia" although this was the capital of Armenia until 1353 and had 200,000 residents and over 1000 churches.

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Canberra, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Due to its location I'm not sure many travellers in Turkey get to visit Ani. I spent an afternoon here, at first with a guide, then just wandering. It is amazing to think these ruins still stand after all this time and the various groups that have invades Turkey. Did enjoy the place.

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Scarsdale, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Lonely, desolate location where the remains of this ancient city are hauntingly beautiful and make you think about the impermanence of man's creations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This large area of a former settlement on the Silk Road is beautiful in both its setting and in the architecture of the remaining buildings. Right on the Armenian border, it once housed (the literature says) up to 200,000 people.

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Lake of Bays, Canada
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Ani is the remains of an Armenian walled city with many spectacular Armenian churches (i.e. not Orthodox or Syrian) around 800 - 900 and then further developed/modified by Seljuks in about 1050. Some churches were converted to mosques, others used as barns for caravanserais. With time many collapsed during Ottoman times. All suffered defacement. Notably many were still standing in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I visited Ani Ruins in February, when everywhere was white. Go there early as possible. I was there at the sunrise, yeah it was so cold but extremely beautiful. And since it is cold and early in the morning I was walking all alone in this ancient city. A must for photographers.

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devon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Decent road all the way with lots of bird life on the way. Need minimum three hours to see large site take a good guidebook as not much info available. Would be great if it was properly excavated-Pompeii with knobs on- but it won't happen as it is Armenian and the Turks are still in denial. Guide told me massacres... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I felt like I was in another dimension, walking through the ruins of Ani. It's as close as I've ever been to a post-Apocalyptic experience. It's loaded with meaning, but beautiful and timeless. Really enjoyed it.

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Sydney, Australia
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23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Take a 1/2 day trip out of Kars ( approx 45 mins to get there from Kars) Place yourself living in this Armenian Kingdom 1200 years ago where 100,000 lived at its peak, now ruined by earthquakes but still an impressive site to see. There are many buildings still standing, though they are ruins, which will give you the picture... More 

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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

While this is a memorable place and very important in history, you need an excellent guide or guidebook to properly appreciate what you see. So much is in ruins and the signs are decaying. Nonetheless, we spent four hours here and were fascinated.

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