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. Our Aspindza road trip planning site makes visiting Vardzia and other Aspindza attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Dostroprimechatelnost, at least, European scale! Staggering scale, history, landscapes, technologies-everything in General is staggering. Medieval frescoes-separate, additional shock. Like many tourists, PRETTY advise watch, accompanied by a good guide. We were guided from Borjomi, Arthur Gasparyan-highly qualified, knowledgeable and pleasant man. Boldly recommend! Required: maximum comfortable shoes, water with a
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very impressive, all carved in stone, hard work, originally built as a defensive fortress and later became Queen Tamar the city with all the possible properties, with shuttle (1) exploring the city. An impressive church, rest. Cute attraction, restaurant downstairs, cheap, delicious with great service
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  • August 14, 2017
    Before you visit, be sure to read about the history of the place. It is worth to visit this monument, as this is one of the few rock towns in the world.
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  • July 3, 2017
    Amazing!! Truly remarkable place that is a must see in this part of Georgia. If you don't speak Georgian or Russian, you might benefit more from an audio guide than hiring one of the local guides. I'd also recommend paying the 1 GEL to take the minibus to the top...it's quite the hike.
  • July 1, 2017
    Very interesting site. In spite of hot weather we have managed to see many interesting spots in what used to be a secret underground city. recommendable.
  • May 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 14, 2017
    Quite a novelty experience, good for a day trip and I felt like an excited little kid climbing the different paths
  • April 8, 2017
    I recommend to climb over Vardzia, path is starting form nearby village.

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