The Ruins of Ani

The Ruins of Ani❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Ruins of Ani Author Krikor Balakian – Bluevapours.co.uk From the tenth to the thirteenth centuries the city of Ani was the jewel of the Armenian kingdom renowned far and wide for its magnificent buildings Known as the city of 1001 churches Ani was a center From the tenth to the thirteenth centuries the city of Ani was the jewel of the Armenian kingdom renowned far and wide for its magnificent buildings Known as the city of churches Ani was a center for artistic innovation and its architecture is a potential missing link between Byzantine and Gothic styles By the fifteenth century Ani was virtually abandoned its stunning buildings left to crumble Yet its ruins have remained a symbol of cultural accomplishment that looms large in the Armenian imagination   The Ruins of Ani is a uniue combination The Ruins PDF or of history art criticism and travel memoir that takes readers on a thousand year journey in search of past splendors Today Ani is a popular tourist site in Turkey but the city has been falsified in its presentation by the Turkish government in order to erase Armenian history in the wake of the Armenian Genocide This timely publication also raises uestions about the preservation of major historic monuments in the face of post atrocity campaigns of cultural erasure   originally written by young priest Krikor Balakian in just a few years before the Armenian genocide this book offers a powerful and poignant counterpart to Balakian’s acclaimed genocide memoir Armenian Golgotha This new translation by the author’s great nephew Pulitzer Prize winning poet Peter Balakian elouently renders the book’s vivid descriptions and lyrical prose into English Including a new introduction that explores Ani’s continued relevance in the twenty first century The Ruins of Ani will give readers a new appreciation for this lost city’s status as a pinnacle of both Armenian civilization and human achievement  .

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  • Hardcover
  • 174 pages
  • The Ruins of Ani
  • Krikor Balakian
  • 17 January 2016
  • 9781978802919

12 thoughts on “The Ruins of Ani

  1. Anatolikon says:

    This attractive little book is a translation of an account originally written in French by the Armenian intellectual Krikor Balakian in 1909 who visited the excavations conducted by Nicholas Marr in Ani and who was present for the patriarchal visit The account is very much a product of its time but nonetheless contains some excellent descriptions of the city as it was a century ago This is particularly important because of subseuent vandalism and neglect and the disappearance of many of the objects that Marr's excavation uncovered Balakian's account is very much a paean for a lost homeland and is filled with yearning for Armenia's great past to manifest itself once again in the present and while Armenia's neighbours get plenty of blame Armenians themselves are not above censure Reading this a century on though it's hard to separate this from what came next Balakian's account of Ani stands on the edge of the abyss of genocide and the abandoned ruins are made all the haunting as a result

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