Vardzia is a spectacular rock-carved fortress stretched over 500 meters. It is located in the southern Georgia. It looks like it was taken directly from the pages of Lord of the Rings. This underground monastery was built in the 12th Century, under the reign of King Tamar, the first woman that was ever crowned as a king (not a queen!) in Georgian history. Under her leadership the Georgian state reached the zenith of power and prestige in the Middle Ages and this period of time is referred as the Golden Age.