David Gareja Monastery, Udabno

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. To find out how to plan a trip to Udabno, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Simply magnificent complex in beautiful area bordering on Azerbeidzjan. If you climb the hill past the tower, you can follow the path marking the border, giving you incredible views over the valley in...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    That is a very interesting monastery located in the dry mountains at the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The surrounding landscape is unbelievable. The place is worth to go!  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Located at the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan, David Gareja is a very special place to visit. The remote area and long hike you have to make through the rough landscape give the frescoes in the...  more »
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  • May 8, 2017
    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.
  • April 13, 2017
    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.
  • January 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    D zaan magaria
  • January 6, 2017
    Worth visiting if you'd like to walk around the caves anyway

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