Akhaltsikhe and Vardzia – Dramatic Georgia

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Akhaltsikhe is not one of the country’s most popular sites, yet its recently renovated 13th century Rabati fortress is worth taking a look. Like many other reconstructed buildings in Georgia it lacks historical value, but it showcases nicely how oriental fortresses looked like, including a church, a mosque, a synagogue and a museum.

Vardzia, the largest cave monastery in Georgia lies near the Mtkvari River in a beautiful mountain range just a few kilometers away from Turkey. Most of the complex was built during the second half of the 12th century, including the beautiful Church of St. Dormition. Abandoned for centuries today it is part of a large historical architectural museum reserve.

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Akhaltsikhe and Vardzia

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