June 27, 2019

KARS A Winter’s Tale Northern Turkey

KARS – A Winter’s Tale, Kars, city, northeastern Turkey. Kars situated on a plateau 5,740 feet (1,750 metres) above sea level on the Kars River. Therefore a tributary of the Aras River, near the border with Armenia.

 Therefore the city divided into an older upper section and a newer part to the south. So it stretches out on either side of the Kars River. So two sections of the city linked with the ancient bridge. Seljuq Turks builts it.

The seat of an independent Armenian principality during the 9th and 10th centuries. Kars captured the Seljuqs in the 11th century. Taken by the Mongols in the 13th century and by Timur (Tamerlane) in 1387.So it incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1514. After with standing a siege by Iranians in 1731. It successfully resisting the Russians in 1807. It fell to the Russians in 1828 and 1855.And formally annexed by Russia in 1877–78.

Cathedral of Ani

Cathedral is the largest standing building in Ani, capital of medieval Bagratid Armenia. located in present-day eastern Turkey, on the border with modern Armenia. It completed in the early 11th century by the architect Trdat. And the seat of the Catholicos, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, for nearly half a century.

In 1064, the Seljuk conquest of Ani. And cathedral converted into a mosque. Later it use as an Armenian church. It eventually suffered damage in a 1319 earthquake when its conical dome collapsed. So Ani gradually abandoned and the church fell into disuse. The north-western corner of the church heavily damaged by a 1988 earthquake.

The cathedral considered the largest and most impressive structure of Ani. It is a domed basilica with a rectangular plan, though the dome and most of its supporting drum are now missing. Its use of pointed arches and cluster piers has been widely cited by scholars to have possibly influenced, or at least preceded, Gothic architecture. The cathedral, along with the entire site of Ani, was declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 2016.

Museum houses in Kars

The Kur river divides Ardahan and separates the ancient part on one side and the new city on the other. A 16th century castle built by Sultan Selim the Grim, one of the most stately citadels in Turkey with 14 towers and a span of 745 meters, stands in the old part of the city.

A 16th century castle built by Sultan Selim the Grim, one of the most stately citadels in Turkey with 14 towers and a span of 745 meters, stands in the old part of the city. Sarikamis (53 kilometers southwest of Kars) is a skiing center with resort hotels, setting of a scenic pine forest. It has the best powder snow in Turkey therefore it attracks many snowboarders and skiers around the country and abroad.

It has the best powder snow in Turkey therefore it attracks many snowboarders and skiers around the country and abroad.

Katherina hunting mansion in Sarikamis district is one of the best examples of the Baltic architecture from the 19th-century. Russian rule in the area. The mansion is built with cut-stones without any nails or metals joining the basalt blocks.

On 19th of October 2004 Allahüekber Mountains were declared as the 34th National Park of Turkey by the Government so it’s believed that it will attract more visitors and help to the local economy as well.

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