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David Gareja Monastery, Udabno

(4.6/5 based on 160+ 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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  • Place, in its own way. We regret that managed to work around the monastery as it is given in the Guide. The end of February, muddy paths, snow prevented us to penetrate the area. Do not regret the trip to this place. The weather, the people, the food makes it worth it to spring back to the side of a big city.
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  • To all! In this place it is necessary to go to all! It was delicious! Arriving in this place, at once you mark zvonjashhuju silence in the ears and the beauty around. I want to just sit back and enjoy. But ahead of the climb upstairs to the beauties that lurk behind the mountain. Our "rock climbing" took place in February, when the mountains with snow. One of the monks decided that we will overcome this way. But we do not, if we don't do it. And we ended up third, perpetrators of ascent in winter. Waist-deep in snow, breathlessly, but satisfied we climbed up. Les with us our tour guide, who did it in the winter for the first time. And when we broke the Ridge, we saw the beauty of the monastery and the mountains of Azerbaijan. ... It's not words, it's a must see! So get ready, fly to Georgia and take a tour of the David gareja monastery. You will not regret! And I'm going to go back there in the summer. And thanks to our guide-conductor George.
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  • The monastery is only a small part of the magnificent complex! Worth the climb to the top of the mountain and see the back side of the David-gareji: here opens a view, firstly, on the Georgian-Azerbaijani border, secondly, on an excellent network of caves with preserved frescoes of the temple premises, thirdly, for lovers of reptiles-come summer, you will enjoy its views of snakes, lizards, turtles and various types of jashherok! Climb is hard enough in the summer heat of the desert, the houses of local strong winds in winter and snow (slippery), but this kind of worth it!
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