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The cave city-fortress of Vardzia is 18 km from Akhalkalaki in southern Georgia. excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of the Mtkvari River right next to the border with Turkey. thirty kilometres from Aspindza. The main period of construction was the second half of the twelfth century. The caves stretch along the cliff for some five hundred metres and in up to nineteen tiers. The Church of the Dormition, dating to the 1180s during the golden age of Tamar and Rustaveli, has an important series of wall paintings.

The site was largely abandoned after the Ottoman takeover in the sixteenth century. Now part of a state heritage reserve, the extended area of Vardzia-Khertvisi has been submitted for future inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.. It's the most impressive place in the whole Georgia.  

Vardzia is a multi-storied complex with streets, tunnels and stairs leading to monasteries, temples, fortresses, baths, libraries, dwelling houses. It consists of more than 600 rooms, connected with corridors. In case of an enemy attack the monastery turned into a fortress for inhabitants and could host up to 20, 000 people. Georgian soldiers could use three secret passages and defeat enemies with a surprise attack. The cave complex, besides protective, carried out spiritual function as a Christian monastery with the big temple of the Assumption of the Virgin. The temple still has the fragments of wonderful frescos of the 12-13th century.

Number of passengers Number of dates Price
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2 2 1 $70 $100 $150
3 3-4 1 $50 $80 $120
4 5-6 1 $40 $65 $100
5 7-10 1 $35 $50 $90
6 11-15 1
$40 $70
7 16 and more 1
$35 $60

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