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Vardzia, Aspindza

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On a rocky mountain slope above the Mtkvari River lies Vardzia, a World Heritage Site featuring 13 rows of caves containing churches, wine cellars, and monks' quarters. Initially a small 12th-century fortification, within decades the site developed to include decorated churches, water supplies, and irrigation. Visit this holy city to see its remains after earthquakes, lootings, and wars. Look for a church that features religious paintings and a 150 m (490 ft) tunnel through the mountains that leads to the surface. Some monks still live here and, if you ask, they may take you to places otherwise inaccessible to the public. Use our Aspindza trip itinerary planner to visit Vardzia on your trip to Aspindza, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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TripAdvisor
  • "King George hired himself together with the nobles, the king has his daughter - a little tarry. Hunting started. The kidnapped king and his supporters did not get the baby anymore. Tamar has been los...  more »
  • Vardzia was a one off experience in Georgia, it's a long drive but very interesting and different than most of Georgian places we visited, you will climb and walk inside a very tight tunnels and pathw...  more »
  • Vardzia is the old century cave monastery built long ago but still preserved in good condition. It is unbelievable how people could built in the cave without no special instruments to help with that. ...  more »
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  • It is amazing, beautiful, and unique. You won't see something like this anywhere but Georgia. It's a trek to get here, but it's totally worth it.
  • Quite a novelty experience, good for a day trip and I felt like an excited little kid climbing the different paths
  • Definitely a place worth to visit!
  • Best place I've seen in Georgia 🇬🇪
  • I recommend to climb over Vardzia, path is starting form nearby village.