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Vardzia Cave Town in Georgia

The Cave City of Vardzia is a cave monastery in southern Georgia near Aspindza. 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. In the modern days Cave Town of Vardzia is a major tourist attraction in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia.

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