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David Gareja Monastery complex

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Davit Gareja monastery complex is one of the most notable religious and cultural centers of Georgia. It is located in Kakheti,  60-70 km south-east of Tbilisi, on Gareji hill. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face.

David Gareji Monastery

The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in the country at the same time. His disciples Dodo and Luciane expanded the original lavra and founded two other monasteries known as Dodo’s Rka (literally, “the horn of Dodo”) and Natlismtsemeli (“the Baptist”). The monastery saw further development under the guidance of the 9th-century Georgian saint Hilarion the Iberian. The convent was particularly patronized by the Georgian royal and noble families. The 12th-century Georgian king Demetre I, the author of the famous Georgian hymn Thou Art a Vineyard, even chose David Gareja as a place of his confinement after he abdicated the throne.

With the downfall of the Georgian monarchy, the monastery suffered a lengthy period of decline and devastation. It survived many attacks and violent Bolshevik takeover of Georgia. The monastery remains active today and serves as a popular destination of tourism and pilgrimage.

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Group of 1 - 10 people
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Group of 11 - 20 people
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Group of 21 - 32 people
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Group of 32 - 42 people
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Group of 43 - 52 people
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  • Entrance tickets - Free

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