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Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi

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Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi

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Bruzhania wrote a review Aug. 2019
Vilnius, Lithuania110 contributions69 helpful votes
The cave town is situated across the river from Vardzia and attracts fewer visitors. There is no entrance fee (for now - the guy there said they were planning of introducing one, but he asked for a donation, which we were happy to give). It is a place of a former male monastery, later women's monastery, which has been abandoned for quite some time, except for the two monks who still live on site. You cannot go through the caves as the passages have been blocked by rubble and it may be unsafe (and you get warned about that at the foot of the hill), but the views are wonderful, there are two chapels on top and a small water source. We were lucky to talk to one of the monks who was there at a time. Loved the place.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Jincognito wrote a review Aug. 2019
Gainesville, Florida632 contributions214 helpful votes
Everyone goes to Vardzia, which is understandable, but his cave monastery is very similar - a bit smaller but with 1% of the people. We parked at the small parking lot, walked the rather steep road and then up the paths -beating back the bushes - to the caves. We didn't actually make it to the chapel because the internal ladders/steps looked a little scary. They are probably fine, but if one of slipped there was no-one there to help. The place was deserted and this was 10 a.m. on a fine summer's day. There was one person at the gate (who opened the toilets for us, and then charged us a small fee for the parking/toilets), and at one point a monk-looking person was there (he seems to have a house at the beginning of the caves).
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Tim S wrote a review Jul. 2019
Hong Kong, China508 contributions6 helpful votes
This cave town is located just a few minutes drive from Vardzia. When we visited, it was very quiet and we were the only tourists there. It is quite a steep walk up to the cave town from the parking space. The cave town itself features walkways that connect little caves from one another. Obviously, the cave town is not as overwhelming as Vardzia, but it is still worth the visit. We were not charged an entrance fee.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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dato1121 wrote a review Apr. 2018
Georgia18 contributions28 helpful votes
Its less touristic sight which if you happen to visit Vardzia area is must along with Saro village, Upper Tmogvi abandoned village etc.From the right side you need to get up to small domed chapel. Stairs there may not be for very lazy or with some problems but its generally has a spirit.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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JGDynamo wrote a review Jul. 2017
Canada2,166 contributions2,715 helpful votes
Much less known than its counterpart a few km down the road, Vanis-Kvabebi is less dramatic and much smaller than Vardzia but worth taking the road less travelled to get there and see it. The church is lovely and I believe still in use. Take some time to walk around and see the site and the sights, it is certainly less crowded than the other one.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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