David Gareja Monastery, Udabno

The Orthodox David Gareja Monastery complex conceals hundreds of cells, churches, and monks' quarters, hollowed out in a rocky mountain verge. In this semi-desert setting you can see shepherds herding their flock and birds of prey hunting, while the monks pick wild herbs emerging from rocky pathways. Visit the monastery and its quarters, and climb a hill from which you can see both Georgia and Azerbaijan. Look for the tomb of St. David Garejeli, the Assyrian monk who founded the complex in the 6th century. The climate at this site can be harsh, so bring warm clothes and have enough food and water for lengthy walks. To find out how to plan a trip to Udabno, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Many aspects of this monastery are incredible. The location on the border of Azerbaijan and Georgia is slightly scary as soldiers from both countries are patrolling the area around the upper monastery...  more »
  • Broken shaking road to the place. Heat under 30 degrees, sun-peck. Steep spots slippery path. And not a second regretted that she went there. Monastery Udbno, udbno in translation from the Georgian "desert". Colored rocks, sparse vegetation, tee-shi-naaah. The city bustle flies away, the inner silence grows. The cells carved into the rock, church premises, partially preserved frescoes, amazingly vivid images. There lived people hard to imagine how long and how difficult. Go for sure. Shoes-anything reliable trekking or sneakers with a well-grooved sole. Headdress, long sleeves and trousers, UV cream-from the sun, if you go in the summer. Necessarily water. It is obligatory with the guide, there on a place the guide, name Zviadi. He will tell about the place and will give a hand on difficult sections of a trail. Go. This will be one of the brightest impressions of the trip to Georgia. Anyway, I had it that way.
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