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Alaverdi

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr 30min drive northeast of Tbilisi
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Alaverdi

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

Nestled in the heart of the Kakheti wine region, the Alaverdi Monastery is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the country.

My suggestion:
Folk festivals are held every year during the last three weeks of September. It's a great way to get a taste of local culture and meet people from the surrounding mountains.
My review

Spiritual centre of the Kakheti region, the Alaverdi Monastery was, for almost a thousand years, the tallest church in the country, thanks to its 50 metre clock tower. Dating back to the 6th Century, the catheral was reconstructed in 11th Century and, despite its age, remains an impressive sight.

Apart from the beauty of the monastery itself, what really blew me away was the surrounding countryside. It's in the heart of Georgia's wine country, one of the oldest in the world. The Alaverdi Monastery sits amongst vineyards that today still produce some of Georgia's finest vintages. It was certainly a highlight of my trip to Georgia, well worthy of a visit.