|Historical site:||Vardzia Cave Monastery|
|Location:||Europe > Georgia > Akhaltsikhe|
The Historical Site
What should we know?
|Name in local script:||ვარძიის გამოქვაბული მონასტერი|
|Also known as:||Vardzia Cave City, Vardzia, vardziis gamokvabuli monast’eri|
|Environment type:||cave, hill, mountain, river|
|Location type:||rural, village|
What can we see or do there?
How much will it cost us?
|Currency:||Georgian Lari (GEL)|
How long should it take us?
|Average time taken:||1 hour, 10 minutes|
|High season:||July, August|
|Low season:||January, February|
How can we get in contact?
|Telephone:||595 642 346, 0800 800 909|
|Country calling code:||+995|
What are the numbers and averages?
|Carved out of Erusheti Mountain and overlooking the Kura River, Vardzia is a 12th century cave monastery that has stood the test of time. Up to 19-storeys of caves are built into the cliff face, some of which have maintained interesting features for the casual visitor such as wine cellars and wall paintings. The centrepiece is the Church of the Dormition, which is still used as a place of worship by locals today. Most of the other caves are unfortunately now rather bare though.|
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|It’s not too easy to reach this site on public transport, so consider visiting here on the Borjomi to Vardzia Cave Monastery Tour. There are some marshrutkas daily from Akhaltsikhe however, should you be on a tight budget.|
|You might want to bring a torch for some of the caves as these can be quite dark. Wear some decent footwear too, and expect to have to navigate some smallish tunnels – and watch your head.|
|Audio guides are available (use your ID as a deposit), though these can be a little overly detailed for what is essentially an empty cave. There are a couple of caves with decent wall paintings, but these are locked, and unfortunately only the guides for GEL25 have the keys.|
|If you visit in the off season (winter), don’t expect the restaurant or souvenir shop to be open. There is not really any other food in the area either.|
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