General Information

The now abandoned medieval city of Ani, which was an independent Armenian city-state at the time and also once the capital of the medieval Armenian Kingdom that covered much of present day Armenia and eastern Turkey, is several km’s north of Mount Ararat.

Culture and History

The city had once rivalled Constantinople, Cairo and Baghdad in terms of population, splendor and magnificence, which all ended abruptly after it fell to the Seljuk Turks, who captured the city and killed much of its population. Further sacking continued with the short conquest of the Mongols. The city housed a small town within its walls until the middle 17th century AD, but was eventually abandoned forever.