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Vardzia (Georgian: ვარძია) is a cave monastery site in Georgia. It forms a part of the Vardzia Historical–Architectural Museum-Reserve. The construction started during the reign of Giorgi III, and continued under his daughter queen Tamar and later ruler.


  • Church of the Dormition. A 12th century church famous for its wall paintings. The paintings were created during the reign of queen Tamar, probably shortly after her father's death. The church measures 8.2 metres by 14.5 metres.  edit

Get in[edit]

The site is accessible by bus.

There is a Georgian cab driver named Mamuka who lives in Tbilisi but his family home is in Aspindza just outside Vardzia. If you call him at 551086000 he will take you from Tbilisi to Vardzia and back for 200 lari (he speaks a little English, but better to communicate with him in Russian or Georgian if you're able). He is also generally willing to put people up at his home in Aspindza overnight if you don't want to make it the long day trip, and his mother is a good cook, although their house doesn't have indoor plumbing.



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