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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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  • Very beautiful place! With its authenticity and preservation of the history to the present day. Ride needed! But keep in mind that 4:00 away from Tbilisi. And is not a simple climb, with children and the elderly, do not advise.
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  • The cave monastery is an amazing place to visit that has sadly suffered the hand of safety. They have put all kinds of fencing and rails which completely disstroys the beauty and uniqueness of the sit...  more »
  • Vardzia cave city nine high 9 (!) levels with halls of the temple, long passages and interesting history is located in 30 kilometers from Akhaltsikhe, easily accessible and is required to attend. The trip from Akhaltsikhe hired car worth 50-60 lari per car, tickets to level 5 lari-enough democratic and for this type and it is inexpensive. Impressions for a lifetime
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Quite a novelty experience, good for a day trip and I felt like an excited little kid climbing the different paths
  • I recommend to climb over Vardzia, path is starting form nearby village.

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