Ani, an ancient city of over 100,000 renowned for its splendour and magnificence, used to be the capital of Armenia until the 14th century when it was destroyed by an earthquake and then abandoned. It is now on the Turkish side of the sensitive Turkey-Armenia border. During the Cold War it was off limits as it was a military zone. Recently, rennovations got underway at Ani, with the result being the fragile church and mosque structures being propped up and fortified with cement. Ani as it was during the past seven centuries, is no more.