Ani and Kars (Turkey)

Arriving to Kars

Arriving to Kars

Ani,city walls

Ani,city walls

Ani from the city wall

Ani from the city wall

Mount Aragats from Ani

Mount Aragats from Ani

The old Armenian cathedral in Ani

The old Armenian cathedral in Ani

The cathedral in Ani

The cathedral in Ani

Text in Armenian on the cathedral in Ani

Text in Armenian on the cathedral in Ani

The cathedral, from the other side

The cathedral, from the other side

Saint Gregory's church

Saint Gregory's church

Turkey on the left, Armenia on the right!

Turkey on the left, Armenia on the right!

And old Silk Road Bridge in the middle

The gorge between Turkey and Armenia

The gorge between Turkey and Armenia

Near Kars

Near Kars

The citadel in Kars

The citadel in Kars

Kars from the citadel

Kars from the citadel

Old house in Kars

Old house in Kars

Baltic style building in Kars

Baltic style building in Kars

Where the city ends

Where the city ends

Near the old hamam

Near the old hamam

The pink sisters in old Kars

The pink sisters in old Kars

Poor ducks, happy women

Poor ducks, happy women

Those got luckier

Those got luckier

Near the old hamam

Near the old hamam

The old hamam at night

The old hamam at night

Arriving to KarsAni,city wallsAni from the city wallMount Aragats from AniThe old Armenian cathedral in AniThe cathedral in AniText in Armenian on the cathedral in AniThe cathedral, from the other sideSaint Gregory's churchAnd old Silk Road Bridge in the middleThe gorge between Turkey and ArmeniaNear KarsThe citadel in KarsKars from the citadelOld house in KarsBaltic style building in KarsWhere the city endsNear the old hamamThe pink sisters in old KarsPoor ducks, happy womenThose got luckierNear the old hamamThe old hamam at night

Almost right when we arrived in Kars, I thought to myself “well, I could definitely live here for a while…”. That’s how much I liked this city. The atmosphere was… I don’t know how to describe it actually, but it’s a very interesting town. In the architecture too, Turkish but also some building in the Russian style, and it used to be part of Armenia… So in Kars you can see, and feel, different influences, it’s a crossroad; and it was our last stop in Turkey. Oh, and the dramatic landscape around, the high plateau swept by the winds, and, if you know where to look, the two Ararats mountains… impressive and inspiring!

Near Kars are the ruins of a city called Ani. It used to be a place of influence, has plenty of religious buildings still standing, and it was a trading place on the Silk Road, too. Now it’s all reddish stones lying in the burned grass, and a big city wall. On the other side, a deep gorge formed a natural defence. Only the bridge’s pillars are standing, and a big jump over the gorge ahead lies Armenia. It’s no border checkpoint though, the border between Armenia and Turkey being closed (look at history their and you’ll know why!).

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