relics abound

It’s easy to find interesting relics when you travel – especially when visiting other parts of the world. Sometimes it’s because there are truly old things to see, and sometimes I think it’s because you have the time to look around and explore. I haven’t been travelling lately – too busy printing fabrics for the summer, but I do have photos for this week’s challenge.

I’ve selected various views in Ani, Turkey. The deserted city, located on the Turkey/Armenia border, is a relic of the past. Ani was the capital of the Kingdom of Armenia, an independent state established in 884. The population was over 100,000. All that remains in this deserted ghost town are the remnants of Armenian built churches, a ruined Seljuk palace, a couple of mosques and caravanserais and a cathedral. Some are complete enough to be recognizable but others are collections of rubble. It is something to see.Ani

cathedral interior

painted archway Ani church remains church ruins Ani Ani dome view decorated column missing dome ceiling old building parts

14 thoughts on “relics abound

  1. These are lovely, Terri 🙂
    I really like the way your borders jump down the page as I scroll. That’s rather clever. How did you achieve it?

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    1. Thanks! I have no idea about the borders! It must just be the theme that I use, as I’m totally useless in making changes to anything but the color on my page. The theme is called “chunk”. Nice name, don’t you think?

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      1. That would explain it- they are quite chunky, the borders, aren’t they? 🙂

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      2. You inspired me to try some changes, but still sticking with chunk. Now I’d best get back to work! Thanks for your input.

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  2. I highly doubt that any buildings built today will be around even as rubble 1,200 years from now. I enjoyed these images, Terri. Even crumbled and crumbling ruins show that there was some pretty amazing architecture centuries ago.

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    1. I’m hoping that when our house (and city) fall to ruin, there will be remnants of my mosaics that will survive. Ha ha ha. Have a great week!

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  3. So interesting to see. Nice that the ruins have not been razed to the ground.

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    1. Unfortunately the Turkish government is undertaking a “restoration” now so I feel very lucky to have seen things the way they were. Sandblasting to “clean things up” seems to be part of their program…

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  4. Such hauntingly beautiful photographs, reminding us that that which seems permanent and indestructible is fleeting and fragile.

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    1. Thanks. It was strange to see some of the big churches and imagine how grand they must have been, especially considering how they look now.

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  5. You have some amazing photos Terri.

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  6. Nicely aged artifacts. ……

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