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Daily Mail Logo Daily Mail | Slide 1 of 21: CHURCH OF THE HOLY REDEEMER: Sliced in half by a storm in 1955, and already deserted by the 18th century CE, the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Ani tells a fascinating story. It was built in 1035 CE when Ani was the capital of an Armenian Christian kingdom. However, both church and city changed hands repeatedly over the ages. In 1064, Seljuk Turks conquered the city, after which it passed hands between Georgians, Byzantines and Armenians, Kurds, Persians, Mongols, Ottomans and Russians, before being abandoned. The church now lies on Turkey's border with modern Armenia.

Church of the Holy Redeemer

Sliced in half by a storm in 1955, and already deserted by the 18th century CE, the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Ani tells a fascinating story. It was built in 1035 CE when Ani was the capital of an Armenian Christian kingdom. However, both church and city changed hands repeatedly over the ages. In 1064, Seljuk Turks conquered the city, after which it passed hands between Georgians, Byzantines and Armenians, Kurds, Persians, Mongols, Ottomans and Russians, before being abandoned. The church now lies on Turkey's border with modern Armenia.

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