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Gremi

Practical information on Gremi

  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 20-minute drive from Telavi, or 2 hours and 45 minutes from Tbilisi
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Gremi

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Only Georgia holds the secret to this place, Gremi. This church-fortress built on a rocky promontory at the entrance to a gorge in the Dagestan Mountains is one of the country's tourism icons.

My suggestion:
Climb the belfry tower to see an amazing view of the site, the mountains and the Alazani Valley.
My review

Gremi is certainly one of Kakheti and eastern Georgia's major sites. I set foot there for the first time on a winter morning, while a dense fog covered the mountains and bore down on the Alazani Valley.

Like a mirage, at the crossroads of a lateral valley, Gremi emerged from the gloom. I was struck by the elegance of this slender, fortified church made entirely of decorative bricks, with the silhouette of its two parts (the church itself and and its separate bell tower) standing proudly on the fortress ruins.

Impressed by the 16th-century frescoes, dating back to the era when Gremi was the capital of Kakheti, I decided to climb to the top of the bell tower. What a view out on the platform! The fog lifted, replaced by magnificent snow-capped mountains and the gorgeous landscape formed by Alazani River's course. After enjoying this moment, I went to discover the church's beautiful "marani", the buried amphora wine cellar, so typical of Kakheti.

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