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Address: Kars, Turkey
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An incerdibel ancient city

Ani is close to Kars City Center with a fairly acceptable road , some parts of the road is not very well due to the hard winter conditions and heavy snow . To get there with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Ani is close to Kars City Center with a fairly acceptable road , some parts of the road is not very well due to the hard winter conditions and heavy snow . To get there with a taxi took around 1 hour although it is only 42 km . You do not need to get a permission from the Governer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is great expirience. Fantastic way to see the history and to learn more about it. There are bus tours from Kars.

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Randolph, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

As an Armenian, the ancient city of Ani had particular meaning for me though I can't imagine anyone not being touched as they walk around an ancient city like this... one that had no rivals in Europe. Only Cairo, Baghdad, and Constantinople were its equal. Just take a cab from Kars... they'll typically give you a price that includes the... More 

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Bad Mergentheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I was there last week that means I have seen everything with snow. It was just perfect. The whole tour takes around 3 hours and you need good shoes.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Wow, This is pretty spectacular, the ruins are huge. You can walk around exploring every nuk and cranny. The landscape are also lovely, a canyon runs across on side dividing Turkey and Armenia. Its pretty hot in the summer and not much shade, bring good footwear and water (bring more then you thing you will need). There' s no shops... More 

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Vienna, VA
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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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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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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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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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