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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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  • To a halts from went in fro marshrutka. EMTs and back roughly the same last marshrutka from vardzia was certainly around 15 members. Went on a hot day, the first once in the cave in was pretty up the Hill, but it was okay. Children who have come on a trip and was photographed with them. Some frescoes are left to clean. Had the flashlight is as safe as somehow has electricity, and even roads pitch-dark dark. Somehow even in the flashlight app for Smartphone. It might be more interesting if you know whether what was used because it had a different room. There lost in thought or take time to the tours, so I return to where I wanted to go back and go down the fast way out as it were. Kind of route, but this route is there is not absolute and can walk freely. It is also to take a rest at the river beneath the cave restaurant staff.
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  • And impress people how he built this monastery for many years within the rock. Amazing painting on the wall, that HAV is alive in some places. Great views. Take a guide to tell the history of this place.
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  • arrived just after a fire damaged the legendary cave church with ancient paintings of King Tamar (not Queen) from 11th C. This was a refuge during frequent invasions from Persia or Turkey or the Mongo...  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.