|"What is Ani? There are, of course, things we cannot describe however hard we try" wrote Konstantin Paustovsky after visiting||Ani is now a ghost city, uninhabited for|
over three centuries and marooned inside a Turkish military zone on Turkey's border with
|Ani in 1923. A thousand years ago Ani was the||modern Armenia. Ani's recent history has been one of continuous and always increasing|
|capital of an Armenian kingdom that covered much of present day Armenia and eastern Turkey. Ani had a population of at least 100,000 and its wealth and renown was such that it was known as the "City of 1001 Churches". Built on a spectacular site - a plateau encircled by||destruction. Neglect, earthquakes, cultural cleansing, vandalism, quarrying, amateurish restorations and excavations - all these and more have taken|
a heavy toll on Ani's monuments. Yet still
Ani survives. Enter
VirtualANI for a tour
of the ruins, plus an exploration of some of
|deep ravines - Ani's many churches,|
palaces, and fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world at that period.
|the medieval Armenian churches,|
monasteries, and castles that are located elsewhere within Turkey. Click inside the
entrance of the city gateway to enter.
Much of VirtualANI is also available in Turkish / Türkçe VirtualANI