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David Gareja Monastery, Udabno
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The Orthodox David Gareja Monastery complex conceals hundreds of cells, churches, and monks' quarters, hollowed out in a rocky mountain verge. In this semi-desert setting you can see shepherds herding their flock and birds of prey hunting, while the monks pick wild herbs emerging from rocky pathways. Visit the monastery and its quarters, and climb a hill from which you can see both Georgia and Azerbaijan. Look for the tomb of St. David Garejeli, the Assyrian monk who founded the complex in the 6th century. The climate at this site can be harsh, so bring warm clothes and have enough food and water for lengthy walks. Our Udabno vacation planner makes visiting David Gareja Monastery and other Udabno attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This trip was like getting married - i mean you know its going to be a long journey, disturbing at times, somewhat painful and tiring but you want to experience the beauty of it and so was it beautifu...  more »
  • First and foremost I have to advise everyone who has no local travel companions to take the minibus our a cab from the civilised part of Georgia. There are 2 ways to access the monastery and one is mo...  more »
  • David-gareja, David Gareja (დავითგარეჯის სამონასტრო კომპლექსი, Azerbaijan. Keşikçidağ), is a complex of Georgian cave monasteries located in the VI century, 60 km southeast of Tbilisi, the Georgian-Azerbaijani border and stretching 25 km along the slopes of the semi-arid Garedzhi Ridge. The State border between Georgia and Azerbaijan divides David-gareji Monastery complex into two parts.
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