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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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