Ani on Its Way to Becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Cathedral of Ani, just one of several churches at the ruin site in eastern Turkey (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)
The Cathedral of Ani, just one of several churches at the ruin site in eastern Turkey (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

The Cathedral of Ani, just one of several churches at the ruin site in eastern Turkey (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

KARS (Anadolu Agency)—The ruins of Ani in the eastern province of Kars will be considered for UNESCO World Heritage status, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reports.

If accepted, Ani would be Turkey’s 16th UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“The ministry applied to UNESCO on February 15 with a detailed report on the Ani ruins and we are on the temporary list. Work continues to be included on the permanent list,” Kars Culture and Tourism Director Hakan Doganay said.

A team from UNESCO would visit the ruins in Kars before a final decision is made, according to Doganay.

Ani, once the capital of the Armenian Bagratid kingdom, is situated along the Akhurian River on the border of Armenia and Turkey.

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