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ANI CATHEDRAL

Restoring Ani Cathedral

ANI CATHEDRAL
Ani, Turkey
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BACKGROUND

Located in modern-day eastern Turkey, Ani Cathedral is one of the most significant architectural structures remaining from the prosperous Armenian Bagratid period in the 10th and 11th centuries A.D. Situated at the heart of the archaeological zone of Ani, the cathedral is one of the most impressive of the collection of ruins. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The conservation state of Ani Cathedral became an object of international attention in 1996, when the archaeological zone of Ani was placed on WMF’s inaugural Watch list in 1996. Field missions to Ani were conducted in both 1996 and 1998, leading to documentation and analytic work in subsequent years. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

As a premier example of Armenian medieval architecture and a central monument of the Ani archaeological zone, the cathedral is a seminal site for tracing the derivation of many Gothic architectural motifs. The conservation measures will highlight the site’s inherent aesthetic value, while enhancing the public’s understanding of its historical and cultural significance. (...)

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World Monuments FundConservation at Ani Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Savior
December, 2012

Ani, a dramatic, windswept archaeological site in eastern Turkey, was once a thriving medieval city on the trade route through Central Asia. At its height, Ani had a population of well over 100,000, and was the rival of Constantinople, Baghdad, and Cairo. Once renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani has been abandoned and largely forgotten for centuries.

Its remaining architecture, built primarily in the tenth century, is historically significant as it anticipates features that became the defining characteristics of the Byzantine and later Gothic styles. World Monuments Fund’s current scope of work is focusing on the ruins of two great religious structures there: Ani Cathedral and The Church of the Holy Savior.

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IN THE MEDIA
Turkey Renovates Armenian Monuments As Gesture
Associated Press, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
IN WMF JOURNAL

Ani in Context Workshop
November 1, 2013