In the Middle Ages, Ani was an important capital city, a place where the world trade routes connecting the West with the East and the North with the South crossed. It was one of the focal points of the Armenian world, and its fall in 1045 marked the beginning of the loss of Armenia’s own statehood, a stage which continued for many centuries. The idea of creating a modern observation deck, which offers a breathtaking view of the medieval Armenian capital Ani, the city of “forty gates and a thousand and one churches”, destroyed by earthquakes and conquerors, is aimed to be brought to life.
Just a short distance from modern Armenia’s capital Yerevan and its second largest city Gyumri, its location between these two cities makes the observation deck easily accessible. The unique architectural appearance of Armenian churches – masterpieces of medieval architecture – for which Ani was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016, will become a wonderful new tourist attraction, pulling travelers from all corners of the globe.
The project initiative has already drawn attention of several international organizations and the Armenian government. It is planned to implement the project in cooperation with all the engaged potential stakeholders. The project involves the creation of an observation deck and associated infrastructure: an access road, car parking, cafes, a park, and other facilities.
The project is currently in the earliest concept stage with the involvement of partners. It will fit well into the new ecosystem being created for the benefit of the Armenian world.
How you can support the project:
- Project concept design
- Research and data collection
- Fundraising strategy to involve private donors, local, foreign and international organizations
- Development of digital content and digital touristic products