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Vardzia, Aspindza

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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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  • Vardzia cave monastery is a fascinating place to visit . It was constructed mainly during the second half of the 12th century. There are many man made caves streached out and also at various levels...  more »
  • Simply a must-see: you can feel the energy of this place as you go deeper and deeper into the mountain. Careful on some of the steps though…  more »

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