Ani Ruins Kars

From the town of Kars going to Ani Ruins; really peaceful landscape

Going to the Ani Ruins from the town of Kars ; really peaceful landscape

“Where are you going?” “I’m going Scarborough Fair.” “Make millions!”

“Where are you going?” “I’m going to Scarborough Fair.” “Make millions!”

It takes an hour (about 50km) from Kars to the Ani ruins.

Arived at the ruins; Walls and Lion Gate of Ani Ruins.

Arived at the ruins; Walls and Lion Gate of Ani Ruins.

Explanation board of the ruins

Explanation board of the ruins

Map of Ani Ruins

Map of Ani Ruins

Through the Lion Gate into the ruins

Through the Lion Gate into the ruins

Ani is a ruined and uninhabited medieval Armenian city-site situated in the province of Kars, near the border with Armenia. It was once the capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom that covered much of present day Armenia and eastern Turkey.

Through the Lion Gate into the walls.

Through the Lion Gate into the walls.

The city is located on a triangular site, visually dramatic and naturally defensive, protected on its eastern side by the ravine of the Akhurian River and on its western side by the Bostanlar or Tzaghkotzadzor valley.

Workshop of sunflower oil

Workshop of sunflower oil

The church of the Holy Redeemer

The church of the Holy Redeemer

The church was built to house a fragment of the True Cross. The church was largely intact until 1955, when the entire eastern half collapsed during a storm.

Vestige of Hammam

Vestige of Hammam

The church of St Gregory

The church of St Gregory

The church probably dates from the late 10th century. It was built as a private chapel for a family. There are feint traces of frescoes on the roof and walls of the altar apse.

Frescoes of the church of St Gregory

Frescoes of the church of St Gregory

The remains of a single-arched bridge on the Silk Road over the Arpa River.

The remains of a single-arched bridge on the Silk Road over the Arpa River.

The Cathedral (Church of the Holy Mother of God)

The Cathedral (Church of the Holy Mother of God)

The construction of the Cathedral was started in the year 989, and was only finished in 1001. The cathedral is a domed basilica (the dome collapsed in 1319).

Entering the cathedral

Entering the cathedral

The interior contains several progressive features (such as the use of pointed arches and clustered piers) that give to it the appearance of Gothic architecture.

Interior of the cathedral, sometimes cattle comes to pray.

Interior of the cathedral, sometimes cattle comes to pray.

The mosque of Manuchihr

The mosque of Manuchihr

The mosque is named after the founder, Manuchihr, the first member of the Shaddadid dynasty that ruled Ani after 1072. The oldest surviving part of the mosque is its still intact minaret.

Residential area, marketplace, collapsed minaret.

Residential area, marketplace, collapsed minaret.

Ancient caravansary

Ancient caravansary

The caravansary on the verge of collapse.

The caravansary on the verge of collapse.

Time to leave, walking to the Lion Gate.

Time to leave, walking to the Lion Gate.

 

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