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Western Armenia: On the other side of Masis 
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Ani is a ruined medieval Armenian city-site situated in the Turkish province of Kars, near the border with Armenia
Ani is a ruined medieval Armenian city-site situated in the Turkish province of Kars, near the border with Armenia
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
The hills of Sassoun, the central stage of the Armenian epic that gave birth to the nation’s greatest heroes
The hills of Sassoun, the central stage of the Armenian epic that gave birth to the nation’s greatest heroes
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Aghtamar island, with the Church of the Holy Cross
Aghtamar island, with the Church of the Holy Cross
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
The bathhouses of Kars. Bearing a typical Byzantine style, the bathhouses were located in the lower part of the fortress, near the river. They are in a state of neglect today, filled with rubbish
The bathhouses of Kars. Bearing a typical Byzantine style, the bathhouses were located in the lower part of the fortress, near the river. They are in a state of neglect today, filled with rubbish
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
A village in Igdir, which is considered one of the poorest regions in modern Turkey
A village in Igdir, which is considered one of the poorest regions in modern Turkey
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
The Armenian city of a thousand and one churches, Ani. This was the capital of the Bagratuni kingdom and once the largest city in the region, with its scattered churches and other buildings. Today, it is finally open to tourists. Guides present it as a ci
The Armenian city of a thousand and one churches, Ani. This was the capital of the Bagratuni kingdom and once the largest city in the region, with its scattered churches and other buildings. Today, it is finally open to tourists. Guides present it as a ci
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
The Solukh bridge constructed on the Eastern Euphrates. According to testimonials, this is where the hero Gevorg Chaush was slain
The Solukh bridge constructed on the Eastern Euphrates. According to testimonials, this is where the hero Gevorg Chaush was slain
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Writing on the wall at the entrance of the tomb of King Sarduri
Writing on the wall at the entrance of the tomb of King Sarduri
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
A view of the fortress of Kars from the bathhouse located below
A view of the fortress of Kars from the bathhouse located below
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Icons on the walls of the ruined churches of Ani. Unidentified vandals have disfigured the eyes of the depicted saints
Icons on the walls of the ruined churches of Ani. Unidentified vandals have disfigured the eyes of the depicted saints
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Mt. Ararat, as seen from Igdir. The mountain is strikingly beautiful when seen from Armenia, but the view from Turkey is not particularly attractive
Mt. Ararat, as seen from Igdir. The mountain is strikingly beautiful when seen from Armenia, but the view from Turkey is not particularly attractive
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
The Urartian fortress of Van, near the present location of the city of Van. The foot of the fortress used to host a large Armenian district called Aygestan, which has now been completely eliminated
The Urartian fortress of Van, near the present location of the city of Van. The foot of the fortress used to host a large Armenian district called Aygestan, which has now been completely eliminated
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
A painter sells his work on the shore of Lake Van. Tourists often visit this region and buy souvenirs from the locals
A painter sells his work on the shore of Lake Van. Tourists often visit this region and buy souvenirs from the locals
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
The Berkri waterfall – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Western Armenia
The Berkri waterfall – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Western Armenia
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Decorations on the walls of the Church of the Holy Cross at Aghtamar. The whole church is covered in carvings with Biblical themes. The Holy Cross is the only church in Western Armenia where an Armenian mass is held once a year
Decorations on the walls of the Church of the Holy Cross at Aghtamar. The whole church is covered in carvings with Biblical themes. The Holy Cross is the only church in Western Armenia where an Armenian mass is held once a year
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Decorations on the walls of the church of Tigran Honents. The wealthy Honents built the church in the 13th Century
Decorations on the walls of the church of Tigran Honents. The wealthy Honents built the church in the 13th Century
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Kurdish girls photographed near their house, in the fields of Mush. It is rare to see girls without headscarves, because they are required to wear them everywhere and always
Kurdish girls photographed near their house, in the fields of Mush. It is rare to see girls without headscarves, because they are required to wear them everywhere and always
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
A cross-stone, broken and inverted, near the houses of a Kurdish family in the fields of Mush. The local Kurds often find old, Armenian cross-stones from medieval times, which they usually use as building material
A cross-stone, broken and inverted, near the houses of a Kurdish family in the fields of Mush. The local Kurds often find old, Armenian cross-stones from medieval times, which they usually use as building material
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Women cutting grass, Kars, Western Armenia. It is common to see women performing tasks of hard labor in the fields, while the city’s tea houses are filled with men
Women cutting grass, Kars, Western Armenia. It is common to see women performing tasks of hard labor in the fields, while the city’s tea houses are filled with men
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
A women in a hijab on the streets of Erzrum. Erzrum is the largest city in the region, with a population of around 300,000 Turks and Azerbaijanis
A women in a hijab on the streets of Erzrum. Erzrum is the largest city in the region, with a population of around 300,000 Turks and Azerbaijanis
Photo by: © PAN Photo / Sedrak Mkrtchyan
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