Ancient city of Ani helps link Turkey, Georgia: Envoy
“History is part of improving cultural relations between Turkey and Georgia. Ani is part of Turkish-Georgian relations, as well as regional relations,” Fatma Ceren Yazgan told state-run Anadolu Agency during her tour of the ruins of Ani in the eastern Kars province.
Located along Turkey’s border with Armenia, the site, including Islamic architectural work from the 11th and 12th centuries, was the capital of Armenian emperors from 961 to 1045 A.D. at the time of the Pakradouni Dynasty.
The first settlement in Ani dates back to 3,000 B.C. and its history was home to nearly two dozen civilizations.
Tourists show great interest in the Mosque of Abul Manucehir, the first Turkish mosque, the Amenaprgiç Church, and the Ani Cathedral.