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David Gareja Monastery, Udabno
(4.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • To visit open a small portion of the complex, but the main value of this place is the view of the monastery and the Valley. This view from the mountain, you can climb the slope along the trail, which begins directly in front of the monastery and goes upstairs. Local border guards or the seller of the monastery can provide benches. The most important thing is to guess with the weather. We clambered back immediately after a rain, and what little clay trail dirty and very dangerous, because it becomes slippery. But the risk and dirt itself fell short) we had time to admire the view before the rain resumed. Besides, there were virtually no people, only a couple of madmen like us)) Note: riding in the rain and dirt, quite a long time, because the road is in poor condition, and the monastery is far from normal roads.
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  • This monastery has been completely built into a rock, in an impressive way. It's totally worth a visit, with a good company or alone. To get there you can take a mini bus which leaves from Freedom Squ...  more »
  • The road to get there and long (the monastery is right on the border with Azerbaijan) and very rough road, resulting in a long time. Though both the scenery views along the way, is the monastery itself and views that gives, deserve such trip. Part of the monastery is currently under restoration, so some parts are not open to the public.
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