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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  • When we visited here, the border was closed and we saw some Georgian soldiers watching the border. The atmosphere was not tense as those soldiers were doing smart phones. You can visit only one ruined...  more »
  • The first thing to note is that the border guards are stopping access at this time to most of the caves and the ridgeline (we were warned this by the bus operator in Tbilisi). The lavra monastery (the...  more »
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