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David Gareja Monastery, Udabno

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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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  • Absolutly must to see! Very close to Azerbaijan border. Fantastic view on mountauns, lots of history. You can take photos but mustn’t talk. Monks are still living here. 
    Absolutly must to see! Very close to Azerbaijan border. Fantastic view on mountauns, lots of history. You can take photos but mustn’t talk. Monks are still living here.  more »
  • Take a private tour...its an amazing place and so much better if you have someone who knows their way around. Interesting history, spectacular scenery and go to Udabno if you can...guide can help... 
    Take a private tour...its an amazing place and so much better if you have someone who knows their way around. Interesting history, spectacular scenery and go to Udabno if you can...guide can help...  more »
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  • It’s tricky to rate this place. It means many different things to many different people. Religious pilgrims obviously find it more profound than I did but if you’re not a religious individual, I’d give this place a miss. The cave city of Vardzia’s better value.
  • This is not the correct location. Owner that lives there has a dog. The dog DOES bite! Be careful, dog behaves very relaxed and then out of a sudden bites while standing outside of the “gate”.

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