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A trip to the monastery of David Gareja

To the very end of Georgia

Petr Liška
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A trip to the monastery of David Gareja
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Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Practically right on the border of Georgia with Azerbaijan you will find an interesting religious place – the monastery of David Gareja, located directly in the mountain ridge. Even the journey to this place through a desolate landscape is worth it.

County around David Gareja

The David Gareja Monastery is only a few tens of kilometers from Tbilisi, but you cannot reach it by public transport. From Tbilisi you have to take the train to the town of Sagaredjo / Sagarejo / (along the main road No. 5, about 50 kilometers). From here you can only negotiate a taxi driver who will take you the rest of the way (about 45 kilometers) through a desolate grassy landscape

County around David Gareja
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Dusty road to the monastery

The asphalt soon ends and most of the way is on gravel

Dusty road to the monastery
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David Gareja Monastery
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David Gareja Monastery

Finally we are in place and we can enjoy this beautiful monastery, dating from the sixth century

Watchtowers

The monastery also has smaller fortifications with watchtowers

Watchtowers
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Rock dwellings

You will also find dozens of rock dwellings built directly on the mountain

Rock dwellings
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Monastery from the hill

You will find a number of interesting views of this mystical place

Monastery from the hill
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Ascent to the ridge above the monastery

It is definitely worth going from the monastery for a short hike to the mountain ridge. The path is quite obvious.

Ascent to the ridge above the monastery
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Rotunda on the ridge

There is a small rotunda on the ridge

Rotunda on the ridge
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Views of the region

The ridge is only some 840 meters above sea level, but the landscape towards Azerbaijan is falling a few hundred meters lower, so the view is quite worth it.

Views of the region
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Azerbaijan part of the place

There are other caves dug in the rock under the ridge, but unfortunately there is a ban on entry, because it is already located in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan part of the place
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Gigantic water collector

There is another big attraction near the monastery. A huge rock wall, where the monks carved a number of large grooves, which in the rain collect drinking water from all over this rock.

Gigantic water collector
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Pavel Čáp
27.06.2018 10:33
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Mimo hlavní sezonu, je to velmi příjemný a celkem komorní výlet. A můžete se tak i vyhnout kruté sluneční výhni.