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.

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Perched over the river are the ruins of a church, Astvatsatsin, part of a nunnery (S. Grigor?) from the 12-13th c.  An inscription on the walls of the church (damaged in the 1988 earthquake and attributed to Shah’n’shah Zakarian, related to the Georgian Bagratid dynasty and governor of Ani 1198-1999) reads:

"During the reign of the Queen of queens Tamar, anointed by God and devout, I, Shah’n’shah Zakarian amirspasalar (governor), her faithful servant, son of the great Sarkis M’kharg’rtseli, doing God’s bidding, created this monument ... in this monastery, near the church built by our Illuminator, Saint Grigor."

The Menukhir Mosque (1072?) built at the very edge of the ravine overlooking the Akhurian River is said to have been founded by the emir Menukhir, the first of the Shaddadid dynasty to rule Ani beginning ca. 1072.


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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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