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The Ani Ruins of the old medieval capital lie near the Turkiye-Armenia border, close to the village of Ocaklı, some 45 kilometers east of Kars. The city is located on a triangular site protected on its eastern side by Arpaçay ravine. Ani City was the first camp site and business center on the Silk Road toward Anatolia. Ani City's history dates back to 5,000 B.C.

The Church of Saint Gregory is thought to date from the late tenth century - many of the building's features are typical of this period - and to have been commissioned by Prince Grigor Pahlavuni as a private chapel for the Pahlavuni family. This family rose to great importance during the final years of Ani's independence; the most famous was Vahram Pahlavuni, the leader of the faction that opposed Ani's incorporation into the Byzantine empire.

(Was benefited for note guidelines from Repuplic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism /www.kulturturizm.gov.tr and VirtualAni / www.virtualani.freeserve.co.uk )

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