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. Our Aspindza road trip planning site makes visiting Vardzia and other Aspindza attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Whilst a shuttle bus took us up to the site, there were was still a steep walk and numerous stairs to access the actual cave complex. This cave city, built in the 12th Century, with 19 levels and abou...  more »
  • Wonderful rock city, unusual, stately. Amazing sensations for spirit and eyes. You can enjoy these endless views. When you travel around Georgia you have to come here, you can't see it.
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