Citadel and the old city
Photographs of remains of the older portion of the city and the citadel of Ani. As well as defences the citadel is home to several churches and a palace. The images of the churches can be found in their own separate folders within the "Ani" collection.
Tags: Armenian, Citadel, Fortifications, Late Antique, Medieval, Turkey
Main city walls
Photographs taken of the exterior and interior of Ani's main outer defensive walls. The double walls are very impressive but have been subjected to decades of deliberate abuse and some questionable restorations.
Tags: Armenian, Fortifications, Medieval, Turkey
Cathedral of Kars/Apostles Church/Kumbet Mosque
Images of exterior of Cathedral of Kars/Apostles Church/Kumbet Mosque, it is currently closed to the public as it is undergoing restoration.
Tags: Apostles, Armenian, C10th, Cathedral, Church, Mosque, Turkey
Church of Mijnaberd
Remains of the church are to be found in the old city on the citadel mound. Church in poor state of repair with much seemingly lost within the last 150 years.
The Georgian Church at Ani
Named after the Georgian inscriptions found on it. It is in an exceptionally poor state of repair, hence the need for struts to hold up the one remaining section of the north wall.
Tags: Armenian, Church, Georgian, Medieval, Turkey
Ebu'l Manucher Mosque
The date of construction of this mosque are debated but the minaret predates the current mosque. Formerly used as the Museum of Ani by excavator Nikolai Marr.
Zororastrian Fire Temple
Believed to be a Zororastrian Fire Temple it could be one of the oldest structures in Ani. The temple was later converted into a small church.
Tags: Armenian, Chapel, Church, Late Antique, Parthian, Persian, Sasanian, Turkey, Zoroastrian
Church of the Apostles
The remains of the Church of the Apostles. The structure appears very unstable hence why no images of the interior were taken during my visit.
Tags: Apostles, Armenian, Church, Medieval, Turkey
The Hexagonal Church
This small church is fairly well preserved with its walls standing to some height in a relatively unbroken circuit. Its size and its position on the southern tip of the citadel hill probably means it is frequently overlooked by most tourists.
Church of St Gregory of King Gagik
Built during the reign of King Gagik in the late 10th and early 11th centuries AD and intended to be a copy of the cathedral of Zvartnots (in modern day Armenia). The architect of the Ani cathedral was commissioned to build Gagik's church but flaws in its design meant it was very unstable. Attempts to strengthen the church failed and it collapsed not long after. Gagik's famous church was lost until the excavations of Nikolai Marr revealed it's location.
Sadly due to time constraints further investigation and collection of images of this church were not possible during my visit.
Tags: Armenian, C10th-C11th, Cathedral, Church, Turkey