Ani - The lost City
It was once the capital of a medival Armenian Kingdom that covered much of present day Armenia and eastern Turkey. The city is located on a triangular site, visually dramatic and naturally defensive, protected on its eastern side by the ravine of the Akhurian River and on its western side by the Bostanlar or Tzaghkotzadzor valley.
Huge cathedrals and mosques, are abandoned for hundreds of years,nobody knows what happened... with the people,and with all the life in this city.
At its height, Ani had a population of 100,000–200,000 people and was the rival of Constantinopole, Bagdad and Cairo .Long ago renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani has been abandoned and largely forgotten for centuries.
A small town remained within its walls at least until the middle 17th century, but the site was entirely abandoned by the middle of the 18th century. The depopulation of Ani was paralleled by the depopulation of its rural hinterland as a result of political unrest in the border region during the Ottoman-Iranian wars and a fragmentation of central control by either of the empires.
Posted by Vlad Capusan