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Rabati – Vardzia

Tour price for 1 person
Tour Details

Great contrast of Christianity and Islam in  one tour. You will visit beautiful Rabati Castle Originally established in the 9th century as the Lomisa Castle (Christian culture),  it was completely rebuilt by Ottomans, represents Islam culture. You will visit beautiful renovated Mosque and then you will visit Christian monastery cave Vardzia, from XIII century. Vardzia has been submitted for future inscription on the UNESCO World  Heritage List.

What to expect.
  • Visit Islam culture, which represents Ottomans empire in Georgia.
  • Unique monastery cave from golden age of Georgian history.
Itinerary

1Rabati Castle: (IX c.)

Rabati Castle is a Fortress in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. Originally established in the 9th century as the Lomisa Castle, it was completely rebuilt by Ottomand. Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries.

2Vardzia Cave Monastery : (XII c.)

The underground halls of the “mountain queen,” dug out of the solid rock, Vardzia looks like it was taken directly from the pages of Lord of the Rings. Queen Tamar ordered the construction of this underground sanctuary in 1185. In reality it is a cave-palace-monastery built not by dwarfs, but by Georgians in the Caucasus for their fabled queen Tamar.

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