Beekeepers around Ani raise their bees in the traditional methods that have been used in the area for hundreds of years. Honey from the Kars-Ani region can vary widely in its taste depending on the altitude the bees are at. It's common for these beekeepers to live a semi-nomadic lifestyle, frequently on the move.
Local farmers patch their rooves. Their home is located in a community next to the ruins of Ani. Living in the shadows of these crumbling churches and massive fortification walls is a part of their daily lives.
The Cathedral, also called Surp Asdvadzadzin (the Church of the Holy Mother of God), was built in 989 AD by King Smbat II. The building wasn't completed until 1001 AD. It had a domed basilica, but that structure collapsed in 1319 AD. The building contains pointed arches and clustered piers. to give it a Gothic style. The Cathedral was designed by the architect Trdat. It's one of the best preserved of the Ani churches.