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Ani Cathedral, Kars

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Cathedral of Ani is the largest standing building in Ani, capital of medieval Bagratid Armenia, located in present-day eastern Turkey, on the border with modern Armenia. It was completed in the early 11th century by the architect Trdat and was the seat of the Catholicos, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, for nearly half a century.In 1064, following the Seljuk conquest of Ani, the cathedral was converted into a mosque. It later returned to being used as an Armenian church. It eventually suffered damage in a 1319 earthquake when its conical dome collapsed. Subsequently, Ani was gradually abandoned and the church fell into disuse. The north-western corner of the church was heavily damaged by a 1988 earthquake.The cathedral is considered the largest and most impressive structure of Ani. It is a domed basilica with a rectangular plan, though the dome and most of its supporting drum are now missing. Its use of pointed arches and cluster piers has been widely cited by scholars to have possibly influenced, or at least preceded, Gothic architecture.NamesIn modern times, the cathedral is usually referred to in Armenian as Անիի մայր տաճար, Anii mayr tačar and in Turkish as Ani Katedrali, both meaning "cathedral of Ani". Historically, however, it was known in Armenian as Անիի Կաթողիկե, Anii Kat'oghike. The cathedral has also been referred to as Holy Mother of God Church of Ani or Great Cathedral of Ani.
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  • Kars, Armenia is one of the nearest village to the border, excavations still secluded ore transportation problem will surely send a private vehicle to go around to where there is food and drink supplied must be a rule should be considered.
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  • Well worth a visit. The enormous structure. ANI harebe are coming to Kars in a historic area of needs. The Cathedral also harebe most of the residue. Hot air inside, it's very cool. Of course even with historical monuments from destruction and it's obvious from the writing on the walls. That marks the human structure in amazement.
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  • I suggest you go and even ışrar the sack, I don't joke about it the subject say. go here I think.
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