Ani view point

Ani is perched on the Akhurian river, across from the 9th-13th cc Armenian capital Ani. Much of it gone, still the city of 100,000 has ruins of churches, palace and walls enough to impress.


The Site

The Site

Standing on this view point, you can see the outline of the great city, built in a triangle on the river and plateau.  On two sides cliffs drop off to ravines and on the third the remains of a massive wall, 40 to 50 feet tall in places, cut the city off from the flat tableland.

Inside Ani, you can see the perfection of Armenian Architecture in solving the problem of dome construction, a solution some believe were the original models for Gothic architecture.  The dome developed early in Armenia, along with the basilica.  Spurred by a desire to distance church buildings from their earlier Pagan forms, as well as to recreate in stone the apparition of the Armenian saint Grigor the Illuminator for the construction of the cathedral at of Echmiadzin (“…[A]mazing arches are intertwined on their columns, and above them I could see a cube-shaped dome”).


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    How to reach Take the M1 highway towards Giumri and 11 km north of Maralik, where a road turns left to Gusanagiugh. Follow the directional signs past Gusanagiugh to the H17, then south to Haikadzor to the view point. From Yerevan is 100km and about 1 hour 15 minutes.

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