Vardzia, Aspindza

On a rocky mountain slope above the Mtkvari River lies Vardzia, a World Heritage Site featuring 13 rows of caves containing churches, wine cellars, and monks' quarters. Initially a small 12th-century fortification, within decades the site developed to include decorated churches, water supplies, and irrigation. Visit this holy city to see its remains after earthquakes, lootings, and wars. Look for a church that features religious paintings and a 150 m (490 ft) tunnel through the mountains that leads to the surface. Some monks still live here and, if you ask, they may take you to places otherwise inaccessible to the public. Arrange your visit to Vardzia and discover more family-friendly attractions in Aspindza using our Aspindza road trip planning site.
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  • When traveling to Georgia you must visit it. An historical location comparable to many others most famous underground cities. This beautiful monastery has been carved and built into the mountain in...  more »
  • Completed during the reign of Queen Tamar in the late twelfth century, the complex consists of hundreds of rooms carved into a cliff. An entire city has been created in the cliff including stables, a....  more »

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