Photographer's Note

Ani was the old Armenian capital from 961 to 1045 AD. The Byzantines captured the city in 1045 AD. Later, in 1064, the Selcuk Turks invaded and renamed this cathedral the Fethiye Mosque. Ani fell for the last time after it was sacked by the Mongols in 1236 AD. Ani never recovered from the devastating earthquake of 1319 AD, which caused the conical central dome of this cathedral to collapse. At its peak, Ani had over 100,000 inhabitants, but today it is a ghost town. This is the largest building remaining in the city. The early Gothic style seen here was 200 years ahead of Europe!

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17140 W: 1065 N: 37717] (171172)
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