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The Ancient Ghost City of Ani
The Atlantic ^ | January 24, 2014 | Alan Taylor

Posted on 01/27/2014 7:04:49 AM PST by C19fan

Situated on the eastern border of Turkey, across the Akhurian River from Armenia, lies the empty, crumbling site of the once-great metropolis of Ani, known as "the city of a thousand and one churches." Founded more than 1,600 years ago, Ani was situated on several trade routes, and grew to become a walled city of more than 100,000 residents by the 11th century.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ancient; ani; armenia; city; ghost; godsgravesglyph; godsgravesglyphs; turkey

1 posted on 01/27/2014 7:04:49 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Fascinating....thank you.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 7:24:47 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: C19fan

Interesting pictures. Tough region, politically and geologically.


3 posted on 01/27/2014 7:26:28 AM PST by Tugo
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To: C19fan

Great pictures at the linked site. Thanks for the post.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 7:34:33 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: C19fan; SunkenCiv

Ping to Sunkenciv.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 7:35:26 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: C19fan

Awesome.

Stupendous

Amazing and Beautiful.

I could easily live in a few of those places.

Added to my list of destinations to visit.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 7:35:34 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: C19fan

Wow...talk about a terrain bare of trees.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 7:42:52 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: C19fan

WOW!
Thanks for posting!
Bogie


8 posted on 01/27/2014 7:44:07 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: C19fan

Ani - Ruined Site of the Old Armenian City Map

9 posted on 01/27/2014 7:46:13 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: C19fan
Interesting. When I was a visiting professor in Turkey, I took a guided tour of the country during a school holiday. I'm now disappointed that the tour agency never included this site on the tour.
10 posted on 01/27/2014 9:28:06 AM PST by JoeFromSidney (itYe)
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To: C19fan

” `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”


11 posted on 01/27/2014 9:54:25 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

Until recently that area was a no go zone especially during the Cold War as it site right on the border with Armenia which was part of the former Soviet Union.


12 posted on 01/27/2014 10:59:30 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Besides this, Turkey has wonderful New Testament Biblical ruins: Ephesus, The 7 cities of Revelation 2-3, Galatia, Colossae (unexcavated), Antioch, Miletus (Acts 17), Derbe, Lystra, and more.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 1:45:07 PM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: Red_Devil 232; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Red_Devil 232. I think there was a topic about this a few months ago, but pinging this one just in case. :')

14 posted on 01/27/2014 7:33:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: C19fan

More evidence of Islamic vandalism.


15 posted on 01/28/2014 7:19:47 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for pinging...what a visual tour!


16 posted on 01/28/2014 7:20:15 AM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: C19fan; SunkenCiv
Outstanding defensive location for a city. Unfortunately, Ani was in a very rough neighborhood visited by Byzantines, Turks, Mongols and Persians.


17 posted on 01/28/2014 2:47:14 PM PST by colorado tanker
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