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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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  • The unique monument of Georgian architecture, rock-hewn monastery town of Vardzia is one of thae major highlight to visit. We walked upwards to the caves and went through the tunnel steps downwards. T...  more »
  • Vardzia really is worth the effort of getting there - we stayed in Borjomi and drove ourselves and it took two hours, a lot of it on fairly windy potholed roads although they're not as bad as some we'...  more »
  • This was a quick stop on the way back to Tbilisi. We only viewed it from a distance but it was incredible to see and think about the efforts made to construct. If given the opportunity, it's definitel...  more »
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  • Very nice place. Worth visiting when you are in georgia. The place itself is beautiful, but the road to there is amazing.
  • Relatively difficult to reach and somewhat disappointing, as it appears much less impressive up close than from afar. Fortunately, the mountain valley itself is very nice.
  • Troglodyte city built in the rock face of Vardzia valley. It's worth seeing, but bear in mind that it is "only" a lot of holes and caves in the rock. The visit is well-planned, though: it's a one-way tour so you don't backtrack. Views are nice as well. Audio guide recommended.
  • Unbelievable rock-cut archeological site. Do hire a guide, ours was excellent, had great english and infectiously enthusiastic about this historical gem. It's way more than 'just' holes in the rock, but it can only be truly appreciated with some background (ie guide/audioguide).
  • Fantastic place to visit, even if it is not as big as it was. I recomend to visit the chapel and speak with the prist about the history of people who used to live here.