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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 Monastery of The Hripsimian Virgins stands on a rocky promontory, isolated from the rest of the city and overlooking the Arpaηay River. It was named after the virgin martyrs of Saint Hripsime, and may have contained a community of nuns.

Within a walled enclosure are the remains of several buildings: the most important being a tiny, slender, and very attractive chapel. The chapel contains no building inscriptions - it most probably dates from the early 13th century, but may possibly be from the first half of the 11th century. It is now an extremely picturesque ruin - a cute little building of reddish stone perched on a pinnacle of rock.

Other designations: Virgins' Convent; Surp Hripsime; Kusanats Vank; Bekhents Vank; Kizlar Manastırı; Kutsal Rahibeler Manastırı; "Sepulchral Church".

(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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