Ani Antik Kenti
Ani Antik Kenti
4.5
Historic SitesAncient Ruins
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Raluca Maria
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kars, Türkiye 2023 - Mr. Celil Ersözoğlu, guide
    We were accompanied by a local guide, Mr. Celil Ersözoğlu, whom we warmly recommend to anyone visiting the region or going beyond Kars, to the mountains or lakes north or south. Mr. Celil Ersözoğlu speaks English fluently and is well informed and competent. Very professional, but also very warm and friendly. He made some very good suggestions for trips and we felt very safe with him on the road. He has a comfortable minivan. He is passionate about his job and it was an honour for us to visit the Kars area under his guidance. Thank you, Mr. Celil, for a great experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Norayr G
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Memorable tour of Ani with Celil Ersözoğlu
    My son and I visited Ani in Kars under the expert guidance of Mr. Celil Ersözoğlu. Celil picked us up from the airport and then gave us a nice tour of downtown Kars. We then had a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant and then headed to the ancient Ani ruins. Celil speaks English fluently and is very knowledgeable about not only Ani but also Kars and its surrounding areas. He gave us a nearly four hour tour starting in the afternoon until sunset when we were able to take some amazing photos. We highly recommend Celil, a friendly, knowledgeable and an all around nice guy.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • SiberianEmo
    Omsk, Russia526 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    To begin with, any review that suggests that 2 hours in Ani is enough, must be discarded immediately. The site is massive. I went there twice and spent combined 8 hours in total. Logistics aside, I had a rental car, so I cannot comment on the public transportation situation. It takes roughly 40 minutes from Kars. Along the way, you will pass vast meadows and small villages. Be watchful for the livestock, since it might randomly venture into the road. There is a large parking lot and some sort of a snack/gift shop & a bathroom. There are no bathrooms inside the actual site. The site is massive and open. So bring water and sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes-walkways are ragged. There are many sites that are hidden from sight, one of the best is Church of Tigran Honents. It contains frescoes and is one of the best preserved buildings at Ani. It is not visible upon entrance to Ani, and is hidden in the canyon to the left side of the entrance. Use Cathedral and the circular Church of Redeemer as an orientation. The views to the river and Armenian side are breathtaking. The other interesting building is Virgins Monastery. It is farther down the canyon, follow the pass from the Tigran Honents, until it ends, and then descent through the meadow. The way down is rather treacherous, so, do it at your own risk. (I twisted my ankle along the way). Citadel is also impressive. The negatives are rather cavalier neglect Ani gets. It is a UNESCO heritage site; however, cows have unrestricted access to the site to graze. The walkways are covered in cow pies. There are bottles and garbage strewn around. Church of Tigran and its frescoes are defaced... Looks like the Cathedral is getting renovated; hopefully one day the Tigran Church gets restored. In short, Ani offers unique glimpse into the vanished civilization. What remains of it must he treasured.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Celil ERSÖZOĞLU
    Kars, Türkiye6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When you go with us to visit and experience the ancient city of Ani, you will definitely have enough time and you will b
    Opportunities for Transporter to go to the ancient city of Ani It consists of separate prices, including guidance service! Without a guide, only transportation costs 45 Euros. We need to discuss the guide fee separately with the guide ,Which guide will be available for your future date? My WhatsApp is +905322263966
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 18 April 2024
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Celil ERSÖZOĞLU
Kars, Türkiye6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Opportunities for Transporter to go to the ancient city of Ani
It consists of separate prices, including guidance service! Without a guide, only transportation costs 45 Euros. We need to discuss the guide fee separately with the guide ,Which guide will be available for your future date? My WhatsApp is +905322263966
Written 18 April 2024
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Nicky F
Devon, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We ve are working our way around all of the Turkish UNESCO sites and this trip was to see Ani. It was just beautiful with some very well preserved buildings and some less so. You could get very close to the Armenian border and the scenery was stunning. Loved it
Written 13 March 2024
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Anna M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
The ancient city of Ani transport you to 9th century.if you are arround Kars go amd see it before it disappear.you need all day to see all buildings.loved the place to the bones got amazing pictures!
Written 22 December 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,110 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Friends
Even before visiting Ani I was aware that it had had its golden period when - for almost a century around the year 1000 AD - it had been the capital of the Kingdom of Armenia.
Of course, having first-hand experience of the site is much preferable. Our group visited the ruins on a hot August morning; which created some discomfort, but nothing unbearable. Here are some of my feelings.
First of all, the contrast between the ruins of the main buildings - easily recognizable even when they are no longer standing - and the barren expanse littered with ruins that are no longer legible, and cover the remaining surfaces, is clear. The latter must have been occupied by dwelling houses and shops, evidently made of more perishable materials. A hierarchy therefore emerges between the most prestigious buildings (religious, but not only) and the others.
Secondly, the canyon of the Arpaçay river, which today marks the border between Turkey and Armenia and flows - deeply embedded - right under the ruins of the city, has great evocative power. The canyon (dzor in Armenian) must have constituted an important defensive element of the city, probably its presence was one of the reasons for the choice of Ani as the capital by King Ashot I (961 AD); and today it contributes to making the visit to the ruins more scenic for the traveller.
Finally, I would like to mention the individual buildings which are unanimously considered "not to be missed" (without wanting to devalue the other interesting sights). The cathedral, the most massive building in the city, has a rectangular plan with external walls in polychrome volcanic rock and the interiors partly covered in white plaster. The so-called church of Tigran Honents, after the patron who financed it (1215), but actually dedicated to Saint Gregory the Illuminator, in a scenic position on the edge of the canyon and showing the typical forms of Armenian architecture. The Manucehir Çamii (Mosque), built in 1072 and considered the first Turkish mosque in Anatolia, has unusual shapes, perhaps because it was built for the new rulers by Armenian craftsmen. And finally, not mentioned by most but in my opinion important, the church of Gagkashen, grandiose, built around the year 1000, but certainly already collapsed in the 13th century; However, the characteristic circular plan of it is still clearly visible, which recalls the more famous one of Zvarnots in Armenia (7th century), also later collapsed.
Written 16 October 2023
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SiberianEmo
Omsk, Russia526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
To begin with, any review that suggests that 2 hours in Ani is enough, must be discarded immediately. The site is massive. I went there twice and spent combined 8 hours in total.
Logistics aside, I had a rental car, so I cannot comment on the public transportation situation. It takes roughly 40 minutes from Kars. Along the way, you will pass vast meadows and small villages. Be watchful for the livestock, since it might randomly venture into the road.
There is a large parking lot and some sort of a snack/gift shop & a bathroom. There are no bathrooms inside the actual site.
The site is massive and open. So bring water and sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes-walkways are ragged.
There are many sites that are hidden from sight, one of the best is Church of Tigran Honents. It contains frescoes and is one of the best preserved buildings at Ani. It is not visible upon entrance to Ani, and is hidden in the canyon to the left side of the entrance. Use Cathedral and the circular Church of Redeemer as an orientation. The views to the river and Armenian side are breathtaking.
The other interesting building is Virgins Monastery. It is farther down the canyon, follow the pass from the Tigran Honents, until it ends, and then descent through the meadow. The way down is rather treacherous, so, do it at your own risk. (I twisted my ankle along the way).
Citadel is also impressive.
The negatives are rather cavalier neglect Ani gets. It is a UNESCO heritage site; however, cows have unrestricted access to the site to graze. The walkways are covered in cow pies. There are bottles and garbage strewn around. Church of Tigran and its frescoes are defaced...
Looks like the Cathedral is getting renovated; hopefully one day the Tigran Church gets restored.
In short, Ani offers unique glimpse into the vanished civilization. What remains of it must he treasured.
Written 9 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Norayr G
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My son and I visited Ani in Kars under the expert guidance of Mr. Celil Ersözoğlu. Celil picked us up from the airport and then gave us a nice tour of downtown Kars. We then had a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant and then headed to the ancient Ani ruins. Celil speaks English fluently and is very knowledgeable about not only Ani but also Kars and its surrounding areas. He gave us a nearly four hour tour starting in the afternoon until sunset when we were able to take some amazing photos. We highly recommend Celil, a friendly, knowledgeable and an all around nice guy.
Written 19 August 2023
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Raluca Maria
Genf12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were accompanied by a local guide, Mr. Celil Ersözoğlu, whom we warmly recommend to anyone visiting the region or going beyond Kars, to the mountains or lakes north or south. Mr. Celil Ersözoğlu speaks English fluently and is well informed and competent. Very professional, but also very warm and friendly. He made some very good suggestions for trips and we felt very safe with him on the road. He has a comfortable minivan. He is passionate about his job and it was an honour for us to visit the Kars area under his guidance. Thank you, Mr. Celil, for a great experience!
Written 11 August 2023
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Alex M
69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I went to Ani today. The public bus has not been running, but apparently it started again on Saturday. It leaves at 9am from the intersection of Faikbey Cd. and Gazi Ahmet Muhtar Paşa Cd. [If you search google maps for "Number One Internet Cafe, Kars", that's where the bus leaves from. If that doesn't work, search for "Simit Sarayi."] It's 40 lira for a return ticket. You pay at the end, upon your return to Kars. Entrance to Ani is 100 lira and you can get an audio guide for 40 lira more. I didn't so I can't say if it's any good. The bus leaves Ani at 12.45pm to return to Kars (or it did today anyway). The trip is just under an hour each way. The ruins are spectacular and well worth a visit. It was a beautiful sunny day so that helped. Wear hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes if you've got them. If you don't, you might not want to venture far from the main paths. I found that 2 hrs 45 mins was plenty of time to see almost everything. There were only four of us on the bus. Myself, an Italian guy, and two young Turkish women. Some additional people (6-8 more) arrived by car, but the place is huge and it felt like I had it to myself. There is some signage in English, but I recommend doing your research prior to your visit and/or taking a guide-book. I got one from my Airbnb host in Kars. Honestly, though, you could easily enjoy it without knowing too much of the historical detail and background. Also, take water and a jacket (rain clouds seem to sweep up suddenly around here).
Written 10 May 2023
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William S
Ankara, Türkiye62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We took the Touristic Eastern Express train from Ankara to Kars. While in Kars, our tour group spent a morning in Anı. As someone who has visited many antique cities in Turkey (a country with pretty amazing history), I found Anı particularly interesting, especially as told by our freelance guide, Yusuf. Like other antique cities, most of it is gone, but what remains, especially when well-told, is very interesting. It was once one of the important cities of the world, a key stop on the 'Silk Road'. What remains is still quite interesting and uniquely significant in the context of the last 150 years and the time that the Kars region was a part of the Russian Empire. I definitely recommend Ani to visit, but pick your time of year (this is Kars, and heavy snow can curtail your visit) and shop for a knowledgable guide who can present the history in a clear and understandable manner in your language.
Written 6 March 2023
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the great city of Ani used to be the capital of the Armenian Kingdom from 961 to 1045. In 1064 it was occupied by the Seljuk turks led by Alp Arslan, in 1236 it was sacked by the Mongols and then it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1319. Nowadays the ruins are located on the border with Armenia, from which it separated by the ravine of the Akhurian River. At the height of its power Ani was one of the world's largest cities, with a population of more than 100,000 people and was known for the multitude and beauty of its churches, as well as its wealth and splendor. At the time of our visit (we were the only tourists there) it was just a desolate and almost magical place, dotted here and there with the ruins of The Cathedral, The Church of the Holy Redeemer, The church of St Gregory of Tigran Honents, Surp Stephanos Church and many others... It's a huge area, some of the buildings are totally destroyed, restoration work is still in progress in some places and it will most likely take many decades until the work is completed.
With practically no other visitors it was, once again, a desolate, magical place, where your imagination will go wild and try to visualize to how this place must have looked like back then, at the peak of its power and glory ....
It will be worth your time and effort to see it ...
Written 14 October 2022
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