Photographer's Note

Church of Bagarat-Arkaun, also known as the church with frescoes, is one of the remaining buildings in the ghost city of Ani on the Turkish Armenian border. Although heavily vandalized and used for target practice by soldiers, the frescoes are still in reasonable condition, considering the church was built in the 10th century, and Ani has been invaded and sacked several times by the Byzantine Greeks, the Turks, the Georgians, & Genghis Khan. It also suffered from the Black Plague, and a devastating earthquake in the 14th century. It is now an abandoned ghost city. The bg Akhourian river forms the border between Turkey at left, and Armenia at right. I've added a closeup from a link to wikitravel showing the frescoes on the entrance.

This is a link to Wikitravel

This church is #31 on the map of Ani.

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