Ancient ghost town of Ani

• The ancient ghost town of Ani

In the east of modern Turkey, on the banks of the river Akhuryan is the ghost town of Ani - the ancient Armenian capital of Ani kingdom. Founded more than 1,600 years ago, the city was located at the crossroads of several trade routes. In the 11th century there were more than 100 thousand people.

In later centuries, Ani and the surrounding area have been hundreds of times conquered by the Byzantine emperors, tours Ottoman, nomadic Kurds, Armenians, Georgians ... to 1300-th years of Ani was in deep decline and was completely abandoned in the 1700s years.

In 2010, the "World Heritage Fund", introduced in the list of monuments of the city "Monuments on the verge of death." We walk through the ancient ghost town of Ani, known as the "city of 1001 churches."

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The ruins of the mausoleum, which was built around 1050 AD.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The ruins of the church of St. Gregory.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

Inside the Cathedral of Ani, on June 4, 2013. Construction began in 989 and was completed in the period between 1001-1010 years. The structure collapsed during an earthquake in 1319.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The castle on top of a mountain near the river Akhuryan, June 4, 2013.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

An ancient ghost town of Ani.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The medieval walls of Ani.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The Cathedral.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The inscriptions on the outer wall of the cathedral.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

Damaged frescoes in the Church of St. Gregory.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The remains of the Church of the Holy Savior among the ruins of Ani city.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

All that remains of the ancient bridge.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The border between Turkey and Armenia, June 19, 2011.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

Ani city's Cathedral on the background of mountains Little Ararat.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

Warning sign: "The secret military zone. "The passage is closed.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The ruined church of the Holy Savior, February 19, 2010.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The Citadel (left) and a mosque (right).

Ancient ghost town of Ani

Cathedral and attempts to save it from further destruction.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The frescoes inside the Church of St. Gregory.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The temple and the people for scale.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The frescoes inside the Church of St. Gregory. Here, they are of little that is left.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The Church of St. Gregory.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

All that remains of the Temple of King Gagik - king of the Kingdom of Ani.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The gorge below the city of Ani. Here it can be seen the numerous caves in the rocks, as well as strengthening.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

recovery of the Palace of the merchants. One can see a clear discrepancy between the ancient and modern materials.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The remains of the city of Ani, June 24, 2012.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

In the center of the frame, on the rocks visible lock.

Ancient ghost town of Ani

The ancient monastery, presumably built between 1000 and 1200 years.