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Another view of the old Bagnayr Monastery just outside the ancient Armenian capital of Ani, a few km to the west. There is a thrasher at left, some hay for cattle under the blue tarpaulin, and some adobe mud bricks at right for keeping the cattle sheltered from the wind during the long, bitter winters in these elevated parts (1,340 m -1,768 m). Some of the adobe bricks were made from dried cow manure, and stacked in neat rows ready to build protective walls. The church dates from 989 AD.

This particular ruined building in the complex is all that remains of the Surp Astuacacin Church. There is some legible Armenian text on the bricks at left. More information and photos here:



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