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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We will begin our acquaintance with Javakheti with the brightest place not only of the province but also of the whole of Georgia - Vardzia cave monastery! Imagine almost a kilometer of mountain river valley was completely rearranged into an artificial cave city! The premises go deep into the rocks for tens of meters and consist of the total of up to 8 floors.

Date of experience: April 2013
2  Thank Irina B
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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 you won't be hungry.

Date of experience: May 2013
4  Thank Henhouse_star
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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 there at the time we visited. We went with a guide and he took us through the complex. You need to be careful because there are several drop offs and places that are hard to negotiate. There are a lot of steps and a strenuous climb. You go in from one end and travel thru the cliff and go down on the far end.

It is well worth a visit to see how people lived at the time.

Date of experience: March 2013
5  Thank SouthCarolinaPaul
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Carved into the sand-rock, Vardzia is impressive from the distance and when entering the caves as well. Take the full tour and since this is a round trip (you will not return the same way you climbed), take all the photos you want when having the opportunity.

Date of experience: September 2012
3  Thank Nimrod L
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Go by taxi from akaltsikhe! The road is beautiful and you can stop several places. The castle after aspindza, but especially vanis qvabebi, a monastery from the 8 th century. There are very few tourists who do the climb all the way up, but it is extremelybrewarding, the views are astonishing, and you have to climb in narrow tunnels with ladders in order to get to the top. A few munks live here. Vanis qvabebi is just three km on the left before you get to vardzia. Vardzia is astonishing. The church, the frescoes, the atmosphere and views, the history and the size, even if it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in the 12th century.

Date of experience: September 2012
6  Thank fabiofort
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