Holiday Ideas
  • Travel Style
  • Interests and Activities
  • Tour Ideas by Month
  • Continents and Regions

David Gareja

Practical information about David Gareja

  • Viewpoint
  • Mountain
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr 30min drive southeast of Tbilisi
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of David Gareja

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

Situated on the Georgian and Azerbaijan border, the David Garedja Monastery is a sprawling and enchanting complex, set in magnificent surroundings.

My suggestion:
Fifteen monastic buildings make up the complex, including the fascinating Udabno and Lavra churches, which are still inhabited today.
Summary:

Situated in the the wine producing region of Kakheti, the David Garedja Monastery is surrounded by a landscape that differs from the rest of the area. The region is known for being lush and lined with vineyards, yet the monastery sits in a dry, desertic setting, dominated by mountains that only enhance the beauty of this must-see during a trip to Georgia.

The complex itself is impressive, with numerous churches spread far and wide over hundreds of metres. Some buildings are carved out of the rock, which only confirms the importance of the site. On a different note, the location of the David Garedja Monastery is a contentious issue, as it sits on both Georgian and Azerbaijan soil, leading to diplomatic tension between the two countries.

Experience added!
You can add more experiences to your trip itinerary before sending it to a local agency
View my trip itinerary