Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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 best time to visit Vardzia is early in the morning. This time is possible to see not only sunrise but each place without too many tourists. Nice small church with marvelous Fresca in it.
very interesting to climb there, some times terrific. explore every tunnel that available, stop in some 'room' and try to feel how is to live here
After driving for more than 4 hours from Tbilisi, we finally arrived at the gorgeous cave monastery near Turkey border called Vardzia. Built in the 12th century, the scale of the monastery was so huge that it could accommodate 2000 monks within 11 levels inside 400+ cave spaces, and also equipped with 13 churches and 25 cellars, which is comparable to present day housing estates!
A beautiful and interesting cave city, marvelous piece of Georgian medieval culture.
the only negative thing is that it's really overcrowded at times
Interesting to visit . Don't take guided tour. It's boring
One of the most incredible places I've ever visited.
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