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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Breathtaking. One would be amazed at how our ancestors were able to do this with bare hands! There are a lot of hidden tunnels - make sure you don't miss them. one is behind the monastery and the other leading to Tamar's room :)
  • This place is exceptional and I think is a must in Georgia. I know there are several church cave sites in Georgia, with an easier access, but this is the largest, most valuable and I believe also the most remarkable.
  • The Vardzia cave complex is a long trek from Tbilisi, but it's worth it (the journey itself offers up some splendid scenery, so it's not like you're wasting your time). There's plenty to explore, but a good guide is vital if you want to make the most of the experience.
  • 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.
  • It is probably the best cave monastery in Georgia. Must see and highly recommended.

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