David Gareja is a 10 – 11 century Georgian Orthodox monastery complex in the Kaheti region of Georgia close to the Azerbaijan border in the semi-desert. The very first monastery of the complex was founded by St. David, one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia for strengthening Christian faith. The complex consists of thirteen monasteries. Of particular interest are the complexes of Lavra and Udabno. According to the belief, visiting David-Gareja three times can be equalled to a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
I visited the complex in September 2011 with members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. The tour was expertly arranged by Caucasus Travel.