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neglected treasure

This must have been a wonderful building once but sadly it is falling to pieces. You can still get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julia G
THE CATHEDRAL OF ANI

According to various historical sources and inscriptions, it is known that building work started in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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1 week ago
“neglected treasure”
3 weeks ago
“THE CATHEDRAL OF ANI”
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Kars Merkez, Kars, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This must have been a wonderful building once but sadly it is falling to pieces. You can still get an idea of how wonderful the wall drawing were in spite of graffiti and neglect.

Thank Julia G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

According to various historical sources and inscriptions, it is known that building work started in the year 989 under King Smbat II (977-89) and was completed, after a halt in construction, by the year 1001 (or 1010 depending on the reading of the inscription) by...More

Thank iSmartTraveller
Reviewed 13 October 2017

It is so sad to see how such ancient beauties are ruined by ignorant visitors. I believe that they should be restored by professionals.

Thank Tursabinspector
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The most impressive building on the whole complex. It's still pretty in tact although the roof collapsed a few decades ago. Inside there are birds everywhere and it is feels super atmospheric when your on your own look I was. Ah obvious must see inside...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 6 June 2017

One fee covers all of the area of the ruins of Ani, including multiple interesting churches in various states of preservation. This is another of the great churches and worth visiting to observe the structure and design.

Thank Seacreature1
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The size of the church is quite breathtaking, at 40m x 20m being the largest church built in Anatolia. Many of the exterior window surrounds are beautifully decorated. Since the collapse of the dome, the interior is strangely forlorn and haunting.

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 25 June 2015

It is impossible not to be thrilled by the cathedral remaining alone and standing all harsh weather and other natural effects. So strong building remaning from very old past. Makes you think about time and human life....

Thank Atilla U
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Of course, it's not solely about the Ani Cathedral but the entirety of Ani taken together. The Cathedral is the largest existing church in Turkey (not including former churches turned into Mosques). It is an incredible example of Armenian Medieval architecture.

1  Thank 46tajikpeace
Reviewed 24 September 2014

So little is left; nonetheless, it is a reminder of the city's former grandeur and the displacement of Christianity by Islam in this area.

1  Thank gsrs
Reviewed 18 July 2013

A long journey to get to this real delight. Soak up the history and imagine the bygone days. Crumbling ruins that still show the majesty of the past. Few crowds to contend with.

Thank SparkyRomulus
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