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David Gareja Monastery, Udabno

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Religious Site Landmark
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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  • Interesting monastery. Setting is the main value. Be aware that there is a lot of climbing, steep and possibly slippery. Be prepared that it might be hotter and windier than expected as it is located ...  more »
  • This is a long trip on a bad road, but the stark, people-free landscape is beautiful in June. You can literally stop and take a 360 panoroma shot with no man-made structures or people in the shot. It ...  more »
  • Davit Gareji Monastery was founded in the 6th century, which belonged to the "thirteenth Assyrian father" who arrived in Georgia to spread Christianity. He accompanied his disciple Lukyan to the Garej...  more »
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  • Monastery is in the middle of nowhere, on the Azeri border with some of the caves on the other side of the border. Border guards allow visitors across, where some of the best preserved caves with some of the frescoes intact are. On the Georgian side, there are picturesque monastery buildings. Surrounding the monastery are rolling colorful hills.
  • Beautifully restored monastery and other features. Great wandering around admiring the views and the wonderful coloured rocks across the valley. Enjoyed climbing around the rocks and admiring the cave houses.
  • It is not easy to get to the monastery, but the effort is worth it then. Spectacular views of the desert, stroll along the sidewalks on the border of two states. I do not recommend too much for families with smaller children. Take along plenty of drinking certainly on hot days will come in handy.
  • Worth visiting if you'd like to walk around the caves anyway
  • It is quite a journey to get to the monastery but worth the effort. After exploring the lower monastery there is a nice circular walk up the hill to visit the caves of the upper monastery. You may find the first part of the walk a little challenging.