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You'll need a driver to get out here (our hotel arranged one for us), but it's worth the trip. I highly recommend having a guide book with you when you visit, though, as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

You'll need a driver to get out here (our hotel arranged one for us), but it's worth the trip. I highly recommend having a guide book with you when you visit, though, as the interpretive boards aren't exactly packed with information. If you're reading this you probably know already, but in the 10th century, the population is thought to have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

As soon as we arrived in Kars, a man named SELIL ERSOGLU who said being a tour guide appearing in lonely planet, basically jumped on us and took us to Temal hotel as if we were kids (we have been robbed at the hotel, please refer to "Temal hotel" comentaries). This man organised us a tour to Ani before we... More 

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İstanbul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Ani is approx. 45km from Kars. If you enjoy visiting ancient cities/ruins, it worth spending your one day here. You will also see the Armenian border. TIP: On the way back to Kars, do not forget to visit Kars Castle (12th-century Seljuk fortress)...

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Bursa, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The ruins are little far from the city center so you must take a taxi or join a group arranged by your hotel.Do not miss madiens' church and broken bridge. As both of them cannot be seen upon arrival and you must walk a little towards the river and go down to make a wonderful view.

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Iraq
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Lovely lost city in the middle of the wild fields and mountains. But bring a detailed guidebook or description as there is nothing there on site to explain anything.

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Noosa, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Located 45km from Kars, easy drive. Very quiet at the ruins and not many visitors. Some of the ruins were not in a good state, but this did not detract from the overall visit. Just walk clockwise along the well marked path and you will see everything on the way.

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Mechelen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I had the place almost for myself and ıt was excıtıng. The weather can be unpredıctable, ıt looked as though ıt was goıng to raın very hard but then ıt changed and the sun began to shıne. Best vıews are from the top of the cıtadel whıch ıs accessıble now and from a small church near the rıver behınd the... More 

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Great to wander freely amongst the ruins and the birding was great too, allow at least three hours. Get there early and you will have the ruins to yourself.

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Benalla
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It was an unique experience to see a large number of ancient earthquake damaged stone buildings on a windswept plateau with a beautiful backdrop of snow covered mountains, on the Turkish Armenian border. Mid May to late May would be the ideal time to visit when the poppies are in flower.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I went to Kars just so I can visit Ani. I emailed the dude that the Lonely Planet book recommended to drive. There were two of us, not together so he charged 100TL to each of us and we spent atleast 3 hours there. I wanted to spend more. You hike around and see the ruins of the cathedrals, mosques,... More 

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