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23 holy places that promise a connection with nature

By: Anna Norris on March 24, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
David Gareja caves

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David Gareja

This Orthodox monastery is carved into the rocks of the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia, partially in the Agstafa region of Azerbaijan. Home to protected animal species as well as evidence of the most ancient human habitations in the area, it has survived a violent history since its founding in the 6th century. Not only did it persist through Mongolian and Safavid attacks, but it also was once a training ground for the Soviet military during the Soviet War in Afghanistan (to the outrage of many).