The number of tourists visiting the medieval Armenian capital of Ani has tripled over the winter, Ermenihaber.am reports.
Known as the “Cradle of civilization,” “City of 1000 churches,” and the “City of 40 gates,” Ani attracts both locals and guests.
Most tourists arrive in Ani by Ankara-Kars railway called Eastern Express. The rout was re-launched in December 2018 after some break. The journey from Ankara to Kars takes 25 hours.
Ani is a ruined Armenian city, now located in the Turkish province of Kars.
Founded in the fifth century, the city rose to become the capital of the Bagratuni Armenian Kingdom in the 10th and 11th centuries, before war and time reduced it to ruins by the 17th century.
Ani was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2016.