The Hurriyet Daily News presents the pictures of the ancient Armenian city of Ani under snow blanket.
Ani was once the capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom that covered much of present-day Armenia and eastern Turkey. Ani is protected on its eastern side by a ravine formed by the AkhurianRiver and on its western side by the Bostanlar or Tzaghkotzadzor valley.
The Akhurian is a branch of the ArasRiver and forms part of the current border between Turkey and Armenia.
Called the “City of 1001 Churches,” Ani stood on various trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world.