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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.

This bridge over the Arpacay river may date from the Bagratid period (i.e. from tenth or the eleventh century). Arpaηay river constitutes the border between Armenia and Turkey. Alternatively, it may date from the thirteenth century. An inscription found nearby said that building work was done on the approach to the bridge in the early fourteenth century.

The bridge's single arch (which spanned over 30 metres) has fallen, leaving only tall abutments that were perhaps part of a fortified gate. Nineteenth century travellers reported a guardhouse next to the bridge, but this has now vanished.

Other designations: Silk Road Bridge, Ipek Yolu Koprusu

(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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