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A shot of the Church of Bagarat-Arkaun, also known as Tigram Honents or the Frescoed Church. It stands on the Turkish side of the ravine and Akhuryan river forming the border of Turkey and Armenia (Armenian: 'Axuryan' / Turkish: 'Arpaçay'). The town on the plateau at left is Kharkov in Armenia. Further back on the horizon is the remote, snowcapped, 4 peaked volcano of Aragats, not to be confused with Ararat, which is several hundred km to the right well south of Ani. This is taken looking east. It is 4,090 m in elevation and 3/4 of it is in Armenia and the other 1/4 is in Turkey. There is a safe graded walking path down to the church. No need to climb over all those rocks. The ruined city of Ani mostly dates from the 10th century. Relations between Turkey and Armenia remain very frosty and the border is closed. The only way to get to Yerevan from Ani is exiting Turkey through Georgia to the north.

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