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Address: Kars, Turkey
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Stunning views of snow capped mountains and ancient ruins

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Benalla
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

8TL entrance fee, dedicate at least an hour to walk around, some of the sites are still being updated, the ruins not to be missed when visiting Kars

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

We spent a two glorious hours at Ani. We went there with the lonely planet mentioned driver. He didn't really provide us with as much information as I thought he would but nevertheless, it was a good price (120tl) return for two ppl. The ruins were amazing, the actual site was really big, 2hours to walk around. The restoration wasnt... More 

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Istanbul
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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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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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