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Due to recent border problem only one monastery can be visited. Interesting landscapes can be seen on the 2 hour + drive from Tbilisi. Only a short hike was possible at the destination.
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It's a cozy and balmy place built in VI century in a remote desert environment. In fact, there are several monasteries here being part of the monastery complex. Some of them are seen from the only road existing in this area, some trails also can be noticed, one is inside
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We enjoyed this monastery which is part of a complex of monasteries that are viewed by most as the birthplace of Georgian Christianity, dispite being prevented by two sets of friendly Georgian border guards from climbing further up the mountain beyond the natural spring to the
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We drove out to the site from Tbilisi in a 4x4 hire car, which was very helpful on some very bad bits of road (mainly after you take the turn off from Sagarejo - note however that this is the best way to get there - google maps tries to take you a much worse route through
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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 monastery. So it’s totally up to you to visit here by spending more than an hr
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