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Ani Ruins

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Address: Kars, Turkey
Phone Number: 904742122179
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Beautiful historical site of Armenians

The ruins are well preserved. It has become one of the cultural heritage sites by Unesco in July 2016. Just at the border with Armenia. Beautiful site.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Izmir, Turkey
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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruins are well preserved. It has become one of the cultural heritage sites by Unesco in July 2016. Just at the border with Armenia. Beautiful site.

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A trip to Ani in the shadow of Mt Ararat is a must see. Free entry into a world of "1001" churches that once formed the capital of the Armenian Kingdom. A short distance away ( and a world away) is the border between Turkey and modern Armenia. Stray dogs near the entrance to be watched out for.

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Aspendale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ani should be one of Turkey's key attractions: its towering place in regional history, buildings and ruins, location beside a gorge, the rural villages on the way.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Walking around the ruins with a local guide and listening to the long history of this amazing city was an unforgettable experience especially when you see that river separating Armenians from their beloved old city. There are lots of caves around the river which used to be inhabited by locals till 1950s when they were forced to settle in villages.... More 

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Stunning in its scale (once home to over 100,000people), this is as an amazing survival in that it has been deserted since the14th century and survived various attempt to wipe it off the face of the earth. Allow 2-3 hours for the visit, wear strong shoes, and don't fall off the cliff or you will be in Armenia with no... More 

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easton, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Wow. Touring the ruins of Ani is an amazing experience. The collection of buildings/ruins along the old Silk Route evoke a pst that seems so far, yet so near away. Gorgeous location on the edge of a ravine, your imagination runs amok. Highly recommend.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

This is the third time I ve been , and it gets better each time .This year we had perfect weather , wonderful wild flowers.Ararat in the background and the restaurant close to the ruins even made us some kebabs in spite of it being Ramadan

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Only a few buildings remain, but they and the views are worth all the effort. One of our special highlights

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

I've never felt so attached, yet so alone. Such emptiness.If only these walls can talk. Ani, it's been real. ⛪️🚶I'll go again.

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Ani ruins is the main reason to stop in Kars. Located 45km away you can either ask a taxi (about 150 TRY for the day) or rent a car (100 TRY + petrol). We decided to rent a car to be free to stop along the way and stay as long as we wanted in Ani. We had the site... More 

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