Turkey: The ancient site of Ani; Emma Thomson; National Geographic


Our Digital Nomad reaches Turkey’s ancient site of Ani, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status

“Tesnem Anin u nor mernem” (‘Let me see Ani and die’)
– Line from a poem by 20th-century Armenian poet Hovhannes Shiraz

Nearing the Iran-Turkey border, the land rises like a wrinkled duvet. The wide plains between the hills are studded with herds of wild camel and men shepherding shaggy sheep. Then, looming above it all, is conical Mount Ararat — Turkey’s highest peak — crowned with snow and a skullcap of cloud. Famous as the ridge where Noah’s Ark is said to have come to rest, it’s a beacon that signals our crossing into Asia Minor. In the mountain’s shadow, we pass over the border at Doğubeyazıt. “Not pronounced ‘doggy biscuit’,” jokes our guide, Tolga, greeting us at the gates.

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