Dynamite Threatens Ancient City of Ani

ISTANBUL (Armenpress)–The Turkish newspaper Zaman reported that detonations at Armenian stone quarries across the border damaged some of the ruins located in the 6000-year-old city of Ani on the Turkish-Armenian border.

Sabit Osman Avci–President of the Protection of Historical Heritage Foundation and a former Speaker of the Turkish Parliament (TBMM)–conducted studies in the region and said that up until two years ago–there was only one stone quarry in the region; presently–the number is eight. He warned that the dynamite being detonated at these quarries is damaging the ancient city of Ani.

The ancient ruins of Ani are among the 100 historical works in the world that are in need of protection. The ancient city was a great center of trade and is mentioned in records of the Silk Road from the Middle Ages.

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