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Ani is the former Armenian capital in what is now eastern Turkey. It previously had an estimated population of around 100,000 people but is now a crumbling ghost town. Apparently the combined onslaughts of the armies of Genghis Khan and the Black Death (bubonic plague) which immediately followed the Mongol invasions, wiped out most of the town's inhabitants and those that remained, left. An all day taxi tour from Kars costs around 85 to 90 Turkish lira and is money well spent. Oh and this is the church of St Gregory built in the 10th century. From memory there were 2 or 3 of them scattered around the town.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10002 W: 992 N: 19065] (96568)
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