About Sights – Vanis Kvabebi Cave Monastery

Vanis Kvabebi (Georgian: ვანის ქვაბები) is a cave monastery in Samtskhe-Javakheti region near the more famous cave city of Vardzia.

Vanis Kvabebi. Photo by Lasha Gabelia.

Vanis Kvabebi. Photo by Lasha Gabelia.

Begun in the eighth century, the monastery complex consists of 16 levels of cells, storerooms and stair tunnels.  There are two churches in the complex, including a small domed church that clings to the rock on the level of the highest tunnels. The church contains inscriptions dating from the second half of the 15th century, including two lines from Shota Rustaveli’s epic poem The Knight in the Panther’s Skin.

Vanis Kvabebi cave monastery. Photo courtesy of National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

Vanis Kvabebi cave monastery. Photo courtesy of National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

The monastery complex provides spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Vanis Kvabebi cave monastery.

Vanis Kvabebi cave monastery.

How to get there? The monastery complex is located about 127 km west of Tbilisi near Aspindza town (Georgian: ასპინძა) in Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

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