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David Gareja Monastery, Udabno

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • 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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  • It’s a long long ride from Tbilisi to get to the David Gareja Monastery, but if you don’t have to do the driving yourself, it’s well worth the ride. The area is mostly desert and mountains, and is qui...  read more »
  • David Gareja is open place with great views in 360 degrees. Although a bit desecrated the monastery caves are very interesting. A nice and calm place to be, so you can find a peace of mind. Be sure to...  read more »