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Digging a little deeper I found wonderful information on Ani. Apparently it was originally founded over 1600 years ago and was a bustling center of enterprise and trade. As the "Atlantic" article states, it was known as the "city of one thousand and one churches". For a city of 100,000 residents, that is a very high concentration of houses of worship. I highly recommend taking a look at the article and browsing through the photos. Maybe encourage your children and/or students to do some research on this time-forgotten place. Using some of the photos for a presentation would be fantastic!
And, how amazing would it be to visit Ani? If any of you have had the privilege, please share about your experience below! And if you find other interesting facts on Ani or its history, chime in. What event in history has held a particular fascination for you?