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Trip to the mysterious semi desert Gareja. Visiting one of the oldest monasteries in Georgia. Monastic life first emerged here in the 6th century. Not only a significant part of ancient Georgian manuscripts, but even an own unique fresco painting style – the School of Gareja – is the long-lasting legacy of the monk communities.
Steppe desert Gareja
Lavra Monastery David Gareji 6th century
Udabno Monastery 6th century
Ruins of Ninotsminda church 6th century
Sturdy, comfortable and ankle-high shoes, as well as sun protection required (long-sleeved shirt, sun hat recommended), it can get very hot at noon.
Ladies will need a headscarf for the David Gareji monastery (can be borrowed on site).
IMPORTANT NOTEThe Udabno Monastery caves are at present inaccessible most of the time. The caves are located partially on the Azerbaijani side and on daily basis the border guards are given the instruction to deny access to the visitors from the Georgian side. We strongly hope the approach is temporary and apologise for any inconvenience.(Status: June 25, 2019)