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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  • The cave city was pretty cool. It's a really long drive from Borjomi but it's a very pretty drive. The cave city is well organised with cafes and a bus up to the entrance if you can't be bothered to w...  more »
  • Vardzia is a must to visit, located at 1300 meters altitude. The cave town was completed under Queen Tamara (1184-1212) and consisted of more than 3000 caves. After an earthquake in 1456, 650 remained. During the reign of Queen Tamara, a monastery and a centre of Georgian culture were created here. In Vardzia there are today 120 stone houses with more than about 400 rooms preserved. Many wine cellars show that the wine industry was here from the start. Today, there is not so much viticulture left in this part of Georgia due to climate change.
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