The cave city

by Gerd Korts January. 08, 2012 3651 views

From Wikipedia:
The cave city of Vardzia (Georgian: ვარძია) is a cave monastery dug into the side of the Erusheli mountain in southern Georgia near Aspindza on the left bank of the Mtkvari River. It was founded by Queen Tamar in 1185.
The monastery was constructed as protection from the Mongols. and consisted of over six thousand apartments in a thirteen story complex. The city included a church, a throne room, and a complex irrigation system watering terraced farmlands. The only access to the complex was through some well hidden tunnels near the Mtkvari river.
An earthquake in Samtskhe destroyed approximately two thirds of the city in 1283, exposing the caves to outside view and collapsing the irrigation system.
The church was reinforced and an externally visible bell tower added during the reign of Beka Jakheli in the thirteenth century.
Persians commanded by Shah Tahmasp I raided the monastery in 1551, capturing all important icons and effectively ending the life of the monastery.

Pano consists of 4 shots

If I compare, was not worth to make a pano shot. Thank God there are other websites for that

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Christa 5 years, 9 months ago

Sehr interessant, Warst Du da drinnen?

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Jacki 5 years, 9 months ago

Fascinating place... can you walk around in it??

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Jennifer Litwinowicz 5 years, 9 months ago

wow amazing

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Art Bee 5 years, 9 months ago

Is that cool or what! Fantastic story and such amazing captures, until now I have not heard of such a place. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos Gerd!

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Pandka 5 years, 9 months ago

Similar place is in Turkey as well. Fantastic!

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Darlene Foster 5 years, 9 months ago

That is very cool!!!! Thanks for sharing! So much to learn about the world!!!

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