ANCIENT CITY OF ANI VICTIM OF VANDALISM-EXPERT

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Oct 18 2011
Armenia

YEREVAN. - An album dedicated to the history of Ani architecture
will be published on the occasion of 1050 anniversary of the ancient
Armenian city, expert on Armenian architecture Samvel Karapetyan said
at a press conference on Tuesday.

According to him, the book includes maps, 670 photos of religious
monuments, cemeteries, bridges and mills.

Turkish authorities do nothing regarding preservation of the city,
which is a historical heritage. The city partially became victim
of vandalism.

"French archeologist found ancient tombs of Armenian clergy in
2004-2005. However, when we visited Ani the next year, tombs were
destroyed in the territory of the museum," Karapetyan said.

The expert believes that barbarism is a result of policy pursued
by Turkish authorities. They are constantly spreading rumors about
buried property in the Armenian cemeteries and churches. They claim
Armenians left it there when escaping from the territory of Turkey.