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Vardzia

Erusheli mountain near Aspindza, Borjomi, Georgia
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Borjomi
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Kiev, Ukraine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Very interesting place! Impressive as it was created by human. When we arrived we thought that it just a museum, but it turned out that it is working monasteries where monks live. If you will have time I advise you to visit this place.

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Portland, Oregon
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213 reviews 213 reviews
121 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Partially destroyed by an earthquake hundreds of years ago, this city had 30000 inhabitants--now just a few monks. It dates to Queen Tamar in the 12th century and all the rooms were dug out by hand. Don't miss the church if you can find a monk nearby to open it for you. Magnificent frescoes from 12th century with remarkable untouched... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

A 20 minute walk uphill on a paved path, you reach a magnificent cave city of Vardzia. Once up there, a breathtaking view overlooking the river and the whole valley is in front of your eyes. The cave monastery (late 12th century AD) is actively used by priests and pilgrims. The frescoes inside and outside the main church are vivid... More

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

3 GEL (more or less 1,5 EUR) entrance, best way to get there from Tbilisi is via Akhaltsikhe, might be advisable to negotiate in Akhaltsikhe with a driver, as there are quite a few attractions around, not just Vardzia. Vardzia monastery is simply amazing and breathtaking, watch out if, like me, you are not the biggest fan of heights, but... More

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Riga, Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We followed caves with bath in soviet time laboratory swimming pool with 65 degrees Celsius running mineral water from 1200 m depth. Costed 3 GEL per person and the guy was so nice to open it for 3 of us after work hours when it was already dark. Pool is in old shed and he took electricity for light from... More

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Beersheba, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The arrival to this site was not easy from Akhalkalaki direction and Navigator and Google Maps miss-leaded us. ther is no direction signs till the site itself. we used locals help. We visited the site with our little child. The entry fee was 3GEL pp. car entry fee was 4GEL and the local guides "gives a lift" to the beginning... More

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Tallinn, Estonia
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Long and curvy drive to get there, but worth of it. Very hot during summer. Make sure you wear shoes suitable for trekking. Very steep and narrow in parts, so one should be quite fit for climbing.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Entrance fee to cave complex costs 3 GEL. The main focus of the site is holy chapel carved out of slope in 12th century.Inside the chapel there are wall paintings and frescoes. One of those wall paintings portray queen Tamar alongside her uncle Giorgi third.Also do not forget to see the spring there.There are a dozen of monks living there.In... More

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Moscow, Russia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

It is 1,5 hours driving from Borjomi, but you defenitely should go there. Beautiful and very impressive settlement in the rock. There is also working church inside with a picture of Tamara. I think it is better to take the guide at the entrance or be well prepared with information. There is also a restaurant working, it is averge, but... More

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South Carolina
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140 reviews 140 reviews
44 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Huge cave city carved into sandstone cliffs from the 1100's. Monastery and homes carved into the cliffs. Monks are still in residence and keep at least one Georgian Orthodox chapel open to the public. Lots of open rooms and tunnels through the cliffside. Part of the outer cliff has collapsed and it may eventually disappear. We were the only people... More

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