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The Ani Ruins of the old medieval capital lie near the Turkiye-Armenia border, close to the village of Ocaklı, some 45 kilometers east of Kars. The city is located on a triangular site protected on its eastern side by Arpaηay ravine. Ani City was the first camp site and business center on the Silk Road toward Anatolia. Ani City's history dates back to 5,000 B.C.

The Church of The Holy Apostles appears to have been founded by the princely Pahlavuni dynasty, and been used by the archbishops of Ani belonging to that dynasty. No foundation inscription has been discovered. The earliest inscription on its walls is from 1031 and mentions a donation of land made by Abughamir Pahlavuni.

Other designations: Havariler Kilisesi; Apostol Kilisesi; "Mestaba Kervansaray".

(Was benefited for note guidelines from Repuplic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism /www.kulturturizm.gov.tr and VirtualAni / www.virtualani.freeserve.co.uk )

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