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YAĞKESEN

yagkes1Of all the forgotten Armenian churches scattered around the villages near Ani perhaps the most impressive is the dramatic church of Karmır Vank (Monastery) in a farmyard in the village of Yağkesen.

Not only does this church still retain its dome, but it was built out of wonderful red and black chequerwork, hence its Turkish name, the Kızıl Kilise (Red Church).

The church was originally built in 1228 but restored in 1887, hence its relatively good condition. 

Sleeping

The best choice of places to stay in the region is in Kars.

Transport info

There is no pubic transport to get you to Yağkesen so without your own car you will need to sign up with a taxi driver in Kars, agreeing a price for the return trip in advance.

You might like to visit the other sites at Oğuzlu, Kozluca, Mağazbert Kalesi on the same trip.yagks2

 

 

 

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