9 The Ancient Armenian City of 1001 Churches

The Ancient Armenian City of 1001 Churches

Posted on January 26, 2014 by team

Ani is an ancient Armenian city but today it is located on the territory of Turkey. Founded over 1600 years ago it became the capital of the Armenian Kingdom of Ani. In the eleventh century it was populated by more than 100 thousand people. In the following centuries handreds of times it was invaded by Byzantine emperors, Ottomans, nomadic Kurds, Armenians, Georgians… By the 1300s Ani was devastated and fully abandoned by the 1700s. In 2010 the Global Heritage Fund identified Ani as one of 12 worldwide sites most “On the Verge”.


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9 Responses to “The Ancient Armenian City of 1001 Churches”

  1. erdem says:

    Ani harabeleri

  2. John says:

    Wow, that puts alot of the European architecture to shame.

  3. Karaya_1 says:

    Finally ! Turkey in englishrussia. This part was Russia.

  4. Jean says:

    Make it a National Heritage park under Russian control. Very good for drawing tourists.

  5. Richard says:

    I was always amazed by Armenian people, their rich history and culture and how they have endured so much and survived keeping their beliefs, language, alphabet and heritage in tact.

  6. Sup! says:

    It is a national park under Turkish control since it’s in Turkey. There are many mosques, palaces and castles which were built in Seljuk and Ottoman times under Muslim rule. The place has no European architecture though…

    It’s on the verge because there are stone quarries on the Armenian border which is adjacent to the ruins. Armenians keep using dynamites for the quarry and it destroys the ruins with small earthquakes.

  7. Ali says:

    Good to see Turkey here, Does English Russia aware how many Turkish readers here ?

  8. John says:

    We have a lot of Armenians living here in Los Angeles. I have met many and heard about their stories as how the Turks committed genocide against them. This puts a lot of truth to their suffering. Very proud culture I may add.

  9. Rabbi Goldstein says:

    These churches must all be bombed uranium.

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