|2012||Tentative list||Submitted as tentative site by State Party|Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
Very few tourists venture to go to Ani Harabeleri; at the most they visit Kars.
It is located at about 50 kilometres from Kars.
I went there in one day excursión, by myself, by bus, and returned to Kars in the evening. I had time to vist everything and even the border with Armenia.
Ani was the ancient capital of Armenia, but now is a shepherd little town. Its ruins are great. I saw fragments of the old fortress, two Armenians churches with frescoes (Armenian is the first Christian state in the world, before than the Roman Empire), one mosque, one palace, plus a caravanserai surrounded by the river Arpachay in which other bank I distinguished Armenia.
Ani comes from Anahita, Zoroastrian goddess. It was a time, under Byzantium rule, when in Ani there were one thousand churches.
Date posted: July 2013
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