Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Real Adventure Site—Ani, Capital of the Kingdom of Armenia

If you're interested in some photographs of what a real adventure site of ruins and mystery might hold, one that is at least semi-European in style as opposed to North African or mostly middle eastern, take a look at the remains of the ancient city of Ani...

Between 961 and 1045 it was the capital of the medieval (Bagratuni) Armenian Kingdom that covered much of present day Armenia and eastern Turkey. 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. The Akhurian is a branch of the Araks River and forms part of the current border between Turkey and Armenia. Called the "City of 1001 Churches," Ani stood on various trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world.

At its height, Ani had a population of 100,000–200,000 people and was the rival of Constantinople, Baghdad and Damascus. Long ago renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani was abandoned and largely forgotten following the earthquake of 1319.
—From the Wikipedia Entry


  1. In May 1921 the Turkish National Assembly issued a command to the commander of the Eastern Front, Kazım Karabekir, ordering that the "monuments of Ani be wiped off the face of the earth."

    It's just sad how easy it is to destroy irreplaceable history.

  2. Reminiscent of Skyrim in places, particularly the round towers. Thanks for sharing.