Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Ani, Turkey

Ani is a ruined medieval Armenian city now situated in the Turkish province of Kars and next to the closed border with Armenia.

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The ruins of Ani. [By haigoes, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

It was first mentioned in the 5th century and abandoned in the 17th, Between 961 and 1045, it was the capital of the Bagratid Armenian kingdom that covered much of present-day Armenia and eastern Turkey. Called the “City of 1001 Churches,” Ani stood on various trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world. At its height, the population of Ani probably was around 100,000.

Plan of the city. [By
Original upladed to en.wikipedia: en:Image:AniMap.gif, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

Long ago, renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani was sacked by the Mongols in 1236 and devastated in a 1319 earthquake, after which it was reduced to a village and gradually abandoned and largely forgotten by the 17th century. Ani is a widely recognized cultural, religious, and national heritage symbol for Armenians. According to Razmik Panossian, Ani is one of the most visible and ‘tangible’ symbols of past Armenian greatness and hence a source of pride.

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In 1905–06, archaeological excavations of the church of Saint Gregory of King Gagik were undertaken, headed by Nikolai Marr. [Public Domain, Link]

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Cathedral of Ani. [By User: Hansm at wikivoyage shared, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

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The Church of the Redeemer (Surb Prkich). [By User:GgiaOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

Manuchihr Mosque, west view. [By The original uploader was Acarvin at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 2.5, Link]

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The walls of Ani showing a defensive tower. [CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

1885 engraving showing the walls of Ani. [By Unknown. Uploaded by Ohannes Kurkdjian – Originally from the British illustrated newspaper, The Graphic, Saturday, September 26, 1885. Downloaded from, Public Domain, Link]

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Church of St. Gregory of the Abughamrents; in the background is the citadel. [CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

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Saint Gregory of Tigran Honents, western side. [By Ego – Own work, Public Domain, Link]

Saint Gregory of Tigran Honents, drum and dome. [By DoronOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

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Saint Gregory of Tigran Honents – frescoes on the southern wall: the Dormition. [By Ego – Own work, Public Domain, Link]

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Saint Gregory of Tigran Honents – frescoes. [By Ego – Own work, Public Domain, Link]

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Saint Gregory of Tigran Honents – frescoes. [By mx. –, CC BY 2.0, Link]

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Saint Gregory of Tigran Honents – frescoes on the northern wall: the Raising of Lazarus. [By Ego – Own work, Public Domain, Link]

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Fresco on the ceiling of a cave church (supposed tomb chapel of Tigran Honents) outside Ani. [By en:User:Esavit, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

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Panoramic view of north walls of Ani, April 2011. [By GgiaOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link]

Songs and poems have been written about Ani and its past glory. “Tesnem Anin u nor mernem” (Տեսնեմ Անին ու նոր մեռնեմ, Let me see Ani and die) is a famous poem by Hovhannes Shiraz. It was turned into a song by Turkish-Armenian composer Cenk Taşkan. Ara Gevorgyan’s 1999 album of folk instrumental songs is titled Ani.

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Armenia to the left, Turkey to the right. [By Enrico Kolina – Ani photo gallery, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link]

The Ani security fence was constructed in 2002 around the uninhabited medieval city of Ani which is situated in the Turkish province of Kars along the border with Armenia. After the construction of the fence, the local villagers were forbidden to graze their livestock within Ani, which has led to the ground becoming rapidly overgrown with vegetation. Opponents to the fence claimed that the construction process gave scant concern to the importance of the site and caused considerable damage to archaeological remains.


Hauntings at Revenant Acres Farm

Revenant Acres Farm is an old haunted farmhouse located in the tiny burg of Charlottesville, Indiana, about 35 miles east of Indianapolis on US-40 (aka Historic National Road). The area was platted in 1830 and in 1867 was large enough to be incorporated into a town, but is no longer. Lots of little communities just like this dot this old route to the west and I’m sure they’re filled with cool abandoned imagery and haunted happenings.

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I Haven’t “Abandoned” You!

I’ve just been super busy of late. My youngest son is graduating from high school and there’s so much to do with party planning and memory book making, I haven’t had time to pull together posts with more of my favorite abandoned imagery, but I’ll be back! In the mean time, here are some links to explore or hop over to this shared Pinterest board full of abandoned and ghostie places and images. You won’t be disappointed!

A wonderful friend shared this pic with me on facebook knowing I would love it. The church is part of an abandoned wild west theme park in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. Found here in a series of fantastic finds. Some we’ve already seen, but others are fresh and fabulous. Happy exploring! (You might want to have a translator open in another tab. 😉 )

Abandoned in Upstate New York | Lis'Anne Harris

The Restoration of Mike Tyson’s Abandoned Mansion

Very cool, more recent pics of the abandoned Mike Tyson property. The place is about to be restored into a church! I’m looking forward to seeing the “after” pictures.

Architectural Afterlife


My journeys have taken me to some strange places, ranging from the creepiness of an abandoned lunatic asylum, to the quiet, vast emptiness of a forgotten chapel, but nothing quite like the abandoned home of a former professional boxer. After being arrested here in 2013 it was nice to make a return trip, thankfully not ending in a $280 fine, to finally photograph the very odd forgotten structure of Mike Tyson’s abandoned 1980s mansion.


Now retired, the once undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, otherwise known as Iron Mike, still holds a record for being the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at only 20 years old. Mike Tyson became a very opulent man, even if for just a moment before spending his money on multiple mansions, drugs and living a wild party-filled lifestyle, which eventually led to him filing bankruptcy in August…

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