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Ani Ruins

Kars, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Kars
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Kusadasi, Turkey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The ruins of Ani can be found about 50 kms east of Kars, on the Armenian border. It is the main reason to stay in Kars, to visit the ruins of the different churches. Once it was called the city of the 100.000 people, 10.000 houses and the 1.000 churches. The remains of these churches (about 1.000 years old) make... More

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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Getting to the ruins from Kars is kind of a pain. If you are around Kars, Ani is definitely worth a visit. We got there early and there was only one other tourist. However, the ruins are very run down. I guess I had built up very high expectations for Ani, and while it is amazing and located in a... More

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Canberra, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The Ani ruins site drew us almost exclusively up into the North Eastern reach of Turkey and immediately positioned itself as one of the top highlights of our trip. The first view of the undulating grassy plains giving rise to a series of dilapidated yet spectacular Armenian ruins will stick with you, and is entirely worth the effort of getting... More

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This place wont disappoint anyone. It's a huge site which ignites your imagination to picture the glory of the ancient Armenian Capital city. Definitely need more than 3 hours to go through it, my wife and I spent 6 hours there, and still couldn't reach the last castle (Maiden Castle). BEST WAY TO GET THERE - forget tours which only... More

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Montreal, Canada
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134 reviews 134 reviews
55 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Despite an overcast day Ani did not disappoint. The combination of the setting, the buildings and the history are truly magnificent. We took 3 hours to walk around, stopping frequently just to take in the vista and the atmosphere. Make a point of walking around the base of the citadel at the far end of the sight to see the... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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111 reviews 111 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I was so impressed. you can read the history form the net but I need to write that I was so relax and felt really good while I was walking around. We stayed in Kars and rent a car and it was good thing that we didn't get any guide, it was great to stay there as much as we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was the TRIP of a LIFETIME. There was only three of us visiting in February: an American couple and I. For three hours, this ancient Armenian capital of the 10th century, located on the Turkish side of the Turkish-Armenian border, was entitely ours. How fortunate we were! Really! The trip of a lifetime in a highly mystical place. Two... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Typical of Turkey. Every corner you turn, every mountain you go over - another fantastic site to visit. Dating back to 5000 BC all I can say is go and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

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Barcelona, Spain
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

It is near the Armania border of Turkey. A 8 km square archelogical place. You should bring some windstopper cloth, it is vey windy. Many churchs and the first Turkish Mosque are in there. Unbelievable scene.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We had wanted to visit this ancient Armenian city for at least 2 decades and finally made it! We had our own transport and stayed in Kars and drove out quite early. The day was dry and warm. We needed 4.5 hour to see everything (but then we do dawdle) and took a picnic and water. Sun block and hats... More

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