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Ani Ruins

Kars, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Kars
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The ruins of Ani have been one of our Turkish highlights so far. About 45 mins drive from Van and you're transported back in time, the scenery and architecture really has to be seen to be believed. The ruins are in decent condition, with more than enough to keep you interested. Go earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds... More

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It seems like Ani is another world an ancient world which has came up from the centuries very impressible

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Rodenbach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Ani was probably the least crowded ruins I visited in Turkey. They were also probably the best ruins in Turkey. The stonework on display is astounding and the connection you feel with history and the time you get to just explore without being crowded around or crowded out was awesome. I did not know much about the Armenian Empire, so... More

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Altoona, Kansas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This ancient city is located on the border by Armenia. Between 961 & 1045 it was the capital of the medieval Armenian Kingdom. It was called the "City of 1001 Churches" and a lot of them are still standing. We could see the trail of the Silk Road weaving its way into town from the rivers edge that is now... More

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Perth, Australia
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16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We took the Dogun Express from Ankara - 25 hours, sleeper cabin of our own, <$40 each. We were put on the phone to the local "tour guide" before we had finished checking in ( Cenikli). He is listed in Lonely Planet. Be careful - what we agreed the night before and what some other guests agreed to was not... More

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
55 helpful votes 55 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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59 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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