David-Gareja is a large complex of monasteries and caves, scattered on a stretch of a couple of dozen kilometers along the Georgian border. Part of the monasteries is now on the territory of Azerbaijan and is called there the Keşiş Dağ. In Georgia it is now like “a tourist attraction number 1”, somewhere on the level of Uplistsikhe and Vardzia. Nowadays, near the monastery there is a guesthouse with a restaurant, which markedly improved this place. The whole story of this complex we will tell you on the spot.
Sighnaghi is a small town in Kakheti (total 2,000 people), the administrative center of Signaghi district and the center of the Bodbian diocese. It is famous for the fact that since 2005 the work on turning the town into “the face of Georgian tourism” has begun. Now this is one of the most visited (especially by Europeans) places in Georgia, but at the same time, surprisingly, one of the least known – in the sense that almost nothing is written about it. All information on the Internet comes down to a template set of phrases about “never forget”, about “the most famous fortress” and “the pearl of cultural heritage.”
Bodbe is a village and a monastery in the Signaghi district. The village is famous for the monastery of St. Nino, which is sometimes called for simplicity “the monastery of Bodbe”. This famous monastery is very close to Sighnaghi, 2 kilometers away. Undoubtedly the most valuable here is the grave of St. Nino. The monastery is enclosed by a lattice, and the visit stops at 7 pm. Inside, there is the Cathedral of St. George. It has the appearance of a basilica without a dome. The central throne of the cathedral is dedicated to George, and in the southern limit there is the grave of St. Nino. Excursions almost always come here on the way to Sighnaghi.
Visit the wine cellar in Sighnaghi, taste different types of wine and Georgian vodka – chacha. Visit the house of Marriage in the city of love.