Ani Two men discussing the price for the cow at the animal market in Kars. A city in Eastern Turkey. Kars A guy sits on the walls of the citadel of Kars overlooking the city. Citadel of Kars The entrance gate and double walls of the ruined Armenian city Ani. This gate is known as the “Chequer-Board Gate” because of a panel of red and black stone squares over its entrance. All what’s left of Ani, the Armenian city of 1001 churches. Walls of Ani seen from the inside. The left background is Armenia. King Gagiks’s church of Saint Gregory. A giant Turkish flag is seen from the Armenian border. The border is closed however. Armenians need to make a huge detour through Georgia to visit Ani. The church of Saint Gregory. This paradise is a few kilometers from the road and not signposted at all but luckily mentioned in my Bradt travel guide book! Sunset at the last church out of five Armenian churches that is still standing in this gorge. The remains of a cluster of old Armenian churches on the lip of a gorge make a stunning sight.