Attractions

Top Choice Cave in Ani

Underground City

The cliffs and valleys all around the Ani plateau are riddled with hundreds of caves, the great majority of them carved out by humans over the millennia. They've served as dwellings, animal shelters, churches and, p…
Top Choice Cathedral in Ani

Cathedral

The cathedral at Ani, completed in 1010 and renamed the Fethiye Camii (Victory Mosque) by the Seljuks, is the largest and most impressive building among the ruins. Ani was once the seat of the Armenian Orthodox Patr…
Top Choice Church in Ani

Church of St Gregory (Tigran Honents)

The Church of St Gregory the Illuminator (in Turkish, Resimli Kilise – Church with Pictures) perches very photogenically above the gorge of the Arpaçay, below an 11th-century hamam. Built in 1215 by a pious merchant…
Top Choice Mosque in Ani

Manuçehr Camii

With a tall octagonal, truncated minaret and six vaults, the Manuçehr Camii at Ani was built by the Seljuk Turks in 1072 and is considered to be the first Turkish mosque in Anatolia. The blend of Armenian and Seljuk…
Fortress in Ani

İç Kale

On the rocky eminence at the southern point of the Ani plateau rises the İç Kale; its jumble of tumbled stone includes half of the Church of the Palace, the oldest church at Ani (dating from 622). In the past the İç…
Church in Ani

Church of the Redeemer

Ani's Church of the Redeemer (1034–36) was half-destroyed by lightning in 1957. It was supposedly built to house a portion of the True Cross, brought here from Constantinople; the facade's Armenian inscriptions rela…
Church in Ani

Convent of the Virgins

Dramatically set just above Arpaçay gorge, the Convent of the Virgins is unfortunately off limits. Probably built in the 11th century, its dainty, serrated-domed chapel is enclosed by a defensive wall. It's clearly …
Church in Ani

Kervansaray

The Church of the Holy Apostles (Arak Elots Kilisesi) dates from 1031, but after the Seljuks took the city in 1064, they added a gateway with a fine dome and used the building as a caravanserai – hence its name.It's…
Church in Ani

Church of St Gregory (Abughamrents)

This well-preserved, rotunda-shaped church, topped by a conical roof, dates from about 980. It was built at Ani for the wealthy Pahlavuni family by the same architect as Ani's Church of the Redeemer. On the 12-sided…
Church in Ani

Church of St Gregory (Gagik I)

This once-enormous circular church was begun in 998 to plans by the same architect as Ani's cathedral. Its ambitious dome collapsed shortly after completion, and the rest of the building is now also ruined. You can …