Ruined medieval Armenian city located at Kars province.
Ani was the capital of the Bagratid Armenian kingdom between 961 and 1045. The religious buildings, palaces and fortifications of Ani were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world. The archaeological site of Ani was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 15, 2016 (see more at Wikipedia).
Ruins are situated at 46 km east of Kars, next to Armenian border. The closest train station is Kars Station.
There’s no regular public transport service to there from Kars. The options are rent a car, agree with a minibus together with other travelers or talk with a tour company at Kars. It’s 46 km away and will take about 1 hour.
See direction map from station to Ani Ruins below in Google Maps:
There are local minibus service to Ocakli village, but this is not a good option since it’s running from Ocakli to Kars in the morning and return back in the afternoon.
Celil Ersozoglu, a freelance tour guide, is famous in the region.
See many beautiful photos and information (in Turkish) about Ani ruins at aniharabeleri.org
How to get to Ani Ruins by train from Turkish cities?