The monastery of Sapara, also known as Safara, is located in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region near the town of Akhaltsikhe. The name of this ancient treasure of Georgian architecture translates as “hidden”, which is quite justified: in fact, this medieval monastery seemed to huddle among the high mountains, covered from prying eyes by dense forest. The place of the monastery was chosen for good reason: the true spirit of antiquity is felt here, and due to solitude, one can easily find harmony with God, nature and himself. Sapara Monastery was built from 10 to 13 century. Until now, amazing wall murals and skillful intricate stone carvings by Georgian craftsmen have been preserved. Today, Sapara Monastery is a functioning monastery and is a home to about 20 monks.
The region of Samtskhe-Javakheti is unusually rich in historical monuments. One of them is the ancient fortress of Khertvisi, which is located 15 km from the famous cave complex of Vardzia. The exact date of construction is unknown, but scientists suggest that the fortress of Khertvisi already existed since the 10th century, and later on it passed into the possession of enemy invaders. Khertvisi fortress stands on a high cliff; it offers a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
Martvili canyon with its amazing waterfalls will enchant travelers at a glance. The nature here is absolutely pristine: pure and crystal clear waterfalls, emerald green river, subtropical thick forests and clean air will give the best impressions to eco-tourism lovers. The fabulous Martvill Canyon is located in the Samegrelo region of Western Georgia, 280 km from Tbilisi. Many years ago Martvili Canyon was a bathing place for Georgian kings and noblemen, today it is a developing tourist destination where people can go hiking and practice whitewater rafting.
The Monastery of Pitareti is one of the most inaccessible monasteries in Georgia. To get to the monastery, you need to overcome a rather difficult long road with a river crossing, or choose a jeep tour through the winding mountains. The monastery dates back to the 13th century and is remarkable as one of the last representatives of the Golden Age architecture, as well as for its magnificent specimens of fine stone carving.
Vashlovani National Park
Vashlovani National Park is located in the eastern part of Georgia. It includes a nature reserve and mud volcanoes. Vashlovani National Park due to its landscape is known as “Georgian Africa”, as it is characterized by a dry climate and reminds African prairies. In the park, a network of hiking trails is developed, which makes it possible to practice trekking tours for one or several days. The trails are marked and well located. Along the routes, there are bungalows, picnic, and camping areas. Vashlovani National Park offers hiking, geological, biking, photo, cultural and educational tours.
Sairme Balneological Resort
Thus, it was 7 less discovered but still very inspiring Georgian sights. The South Caucasus hides many other unique and unforgettable places to visit. We advise you not to stop there and continue your journey through the Caucasus. After exploring Georgia, you can visit Armenia and discover its ancient secrets. And we wish you an unforgettable trip to the hospitable Caucasus!