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Ani Ruins

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Address: Kars, Turkey
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one of those places you can't adequately describe to people who haven't been there

i don't even know why i'm going to try describing this place, but: stunning architecture. incredible historical significance. grand natural setting. why WOULDN'T you go to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

i don't even know why i'm going to try describing this place, but: stunning architecture. incredible historical significance. grand natural setting. why WOULDN'T you go to ani? i went in march, and there was still a lot of snow on the ground. i would have slipped, fallen, and died, had the taxi driver i took from my hotel in kars... More 

Thank Jaybeld
Sacre-Coeur-Saguenay, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, as many here I read the reviews before going to Ani. The city itself impressive but the harassing "Ani guide" named Celil proved to be the thief some have mentioned here. Came to bother at the Hotel 3 nights in a row to offer "guided visit to Ani ruins including transport", at a price of 50 Lira for me... More 

3 Thank en_voyage_300_600
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74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The churches have some wonderful frescoes and carvings. Ani is a place of ruins, a place of history and a place of art. Wonderful

Thank nekko8
Brussels, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss Ani. You ll have an ancient armeninan town all for yourself. The place is magical, the landscape is lunar, the ancient buildings are evocative. The place is unique and sees only few tourists.

Thank Qsnhpp
Oakland, California, United States
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Located 56 kilometers from Ani, the ruins of the Armenian churches are well worth the visit. Although destroyed by Mongol hordes around the 1200's, a few of the churches remain fairly intact and the interior of one church retains identifiable murals of biblical events. If you visit during the summer and even early fall, the sun can be brutal, so... More 

Thank Jean Y
London, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

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 

Thank Edward C
London, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

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 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

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 

2 Thank Emre O
Sydney, Australia
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308 reviews
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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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85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 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 

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