‘Vardzia - The vertical town’
No, this isn’t Cappadocia.
The picture shows the cave monastery of Vardzia in the south of Georgia, close to the border with Armenia.
If you like to know why I called this picture ‘The vertical town’, please have a look at my previous picture and also here in the workshop.
The caves are excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain and stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters. First they weren’t visible from in the valley. This occurred only after a major earthquake in 1283 which destroyed much in this cave town and also caused the collapse of the irrigation system.
Information from Lonely Planet Travel Guide:
In the 12th century a fortification was built here and later a monastery was established that grew into a virtual holy city housing perhaps 200 monks, renowned as a spiritual bastion of Georgia.
The inhabitants lived in dwellings carved from the rock and ranging over 13 floors.
Altogether there are 119 cave groups with 409 rooms, 13 churches … and 25 wine cellars :)
Vardzia suffered a major earthquake in 1283 which shook away the outer walls of many caves.
Today Vardzia is again a working monastery with some caves inhabited by monks.
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Corry (4506) 2014-01-28 20:08
C'est toujours impressionnant de voir ces habitations troglodytiques qui ressemblent beaucoup à celles de Cappadoce. Les photos dans le Workshop complètent bien cette image. Note intéressante. Bien fait.
kato (11630) 2014-01-28 22:36
You're capturing well this architecture/ruins by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see many caves which shaved huge rock of cliff and was built. It's also interesting to hear that these caves were used as the dwelling or monastery. It looks like a mysterious ruins for me.
emka (72058) 2014-01-28 23:16
Most people for sure would think it is Cappadocia. The people had the same idea in many places in the world. Good place to defence, to be away of other people, but how to move?? Nice close up and the turists give sense of scale.
if I succeed to go there, I will create the theme cave cities, I saw already a few.
Warm regrads Malgo
krzychu30 (15258) 2014-01-29 0:30
excellent,comprehensive composition(the view outside from your WS picture is just breathtaking!)
And this one is well close-up and framed to present its beauty,uniqueness,but also its size(so,the presence of these people there gives us good sense of scale).
Have a nice day
danos (82577) 2014-01-29 5:26
nice the view as the presentation of this section of the cave monastery of Vardzia.The presentation of the visitors add scale in the frame with the light and the colour management to brings out the details as the beauty of the image.
Subhogen (4063) 2014-01-29 5:41
The closeup view of these caves is very nice. Good details on the texture of the rocky walls. Like the upward pointing POV here very effective. I liked the WS more...it is beautiful, with natural framing by the cave mouth, it seems like we are seeing a movie in a theatre. Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (53569) 2014-01-29 5:49
Un plan serré des plus intéressant. Beaucoup d'informations dans l'image avec une grande netteté dans les détails. On aimerait bien voir plus loin à l'intérieur des maisons.
ikeharel (51339) 2014-01-29 10:12
Fantastic view inside the caves-dwelings, Paul.
Light and clarity gave a good sight of the carved chambers, scaled with the group youngsters stood there.
Waylim (24938) 2014-01-29 10:59
Hi Again Paul,
Another really good post and thanks for all the WS shots as well. They really show all the different side of this place. Thanks.
Lord_Of_Chaos (0) 2014-01-29 12:26
Good work, I like how you did this picture.
Good colors and sharpness.
Greetings and all the best ..
jcpix (11018) 2014-01-29 20:08
These are wonderful pictures Paul, giving us a good idea of the size and space. I do like this one as the main post, and any of the others would have worked just as well. I really did enjoy the alternating view, looking out over the valley and getting an idea of how deep these go into the mountainside. From this perspective and composition, it would appear quite risky, one slip and it's a quick plunge! :o More vivid textures, and the tighter framing conveys an intimate look at this "town." Much more than just some holes in the rock, yeah? :) Have a great day ahead. Take care.
fabbs99 (15657) 2014-01-29 23:22
Excellent shot of the cave houses.Truly very sharp and crisp.Very well captured with good lighting.Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-30 0:40
Excellent view of the cave monastery from a very good pov. The selected portion of the 'town' becomes lively with the inclusion of those kids at the top. Wonderful details and colors as usual.
Very nice shot of unique engineering of the past.
Thanks for sharing.
With best regards,
Kamilutka (8081) 2014-01-30 11:36
I enjoyed your previous photo and I think this is quite good idea to present this place in different format with tighter framing. It shows the caves more clearly and couple of people in one of them give the sense of the scale as well as liven up the composition. Amazing place and what a shame it is not so well known - thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Have a lovely evening
photoray (9767) 2014-01-30 11:44
Another fine view of the unique cliff monastery, revealing large excavations into the walls, done in excellent resolution revealing rock textures.
Oceania (4462) 2014-01-30 11:49
This is a close-up picture of the cave comparing with your last one. The holy city was a huge work to be done. It must be very interesting to visit this site in person. It's pretty interesting to me, even look your wonderful pictures.
chrislo (4149) 2014-01-30 12:43
Hier toon je deze holen van dichterbij met een fijne weergave van de texturen en de kleuren van de rots. De mensen zijn een interessante toevoeging voor de schaal verhouding. Ik vraag me wel af hoe diep deze grotten kunnen zijn. Ik weet niet waarom, maar ik beeld me in dat deze grotten zouden kunnen hebben gediend als schuilplaats voor melaatsen ! Wat jammer dat je de foto’s in de workshop niet als hoofdfoto’s geplaatst hebt. Die vind ik eigenlijk heel mooi en interessant, qua inkadering, standpunt en compositie. Maar ja, deze heeft ook iets interessants te tonen en te vertellen. Heel goed werk.
mesutilgim (79234) 2014-01-30 13:56
Anothe nice capture from this interesting geological formations.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
batalay (34569) 2014-01-30 23:27
In this beautifully cropped detail shot of Vardzia you have elements evocative of the Byzantine monastery Sumela in Trabzon, Turkey, as well as the cliff dwellings Nevsehir in Cappadocia, also in Turkey. What exhaustive work, and how many generations it must have taken the inhabitants to create these dwellings.
The sandy beach and palm trees in my shot of the Moai in Easter Island are indeed quite alien to the island. Thanks to Craig McIntosh who was there a few months ago, the Spanish introduced these anomalies. They imported the sand, and presumably the palm trees.
jhm (134360) 2014-01-31 3:55
Na driedagen van een harde schijf probleem, ben ik hier terug, gelukkig had ik een volledige 'back-up' gemaakt.
Ik ben bijna niet kwijt.
Wanneer ik deze foto zie kan ik misschien iets beter begrijpen waarom hier in België zoveel asiel zoekers zijn.
Uw foto toont perfect de leefomstandigheden.
heel mooie samenstelling gemaakt in hoog kwaliteit opnieuw, ik wil zeggen als gewoonlijk.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.
rychem (18707) 2014-01-31 8:54
These caves are a great work of ancient people, fantastic and original photo of a very interesting place
carlo62 (26690) 2014-02-01 0:14
splendido lavoro, gli scatti sono straordinari, non so quale sia il più bello tra i tre, ma sono tutti molto interessanti.
È impressionante cosa sono riusciti a costruire.
Ottima qualità fotografica.
adramad (34843) 2014-02-01 10:03
Sensational is closed up, on a part of this rocky wall, in which we see clearly, carriers for houses excavated at other times, the people we see in one of them, give us ideal of their large size.
Magnificent this palette.
Perfect light management and sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Enjoy the weekend.
The name "Courtyard of the Moroccan" is a name without more, memories of times past, when Cordoba was a flourishing Muslim dominated city, being the capital of a sultanate.
COSTANTINO (50525) 2014-02-01 10:19
fantastic breathtaking view from this original
place with the cave monastery of Vardzia in
south of Georgia close to the border with
thanks for sharing with us this original version
have a nice Sunday
macjake (51264) 2014-02-02 4:57
really like this different view point you captured.
it would be very cool to take a walk through this area in person.
good textures and details.
excellent subject material too.
jemaflor (79840) 2014-02-02 9:14
Bien cadré avec cette vue en plus gros plan de ces cavernes, très bien fait avec ces présences humaines afin de donner une échelle à la vue
willperrett (5608) 2014-02-02 11:05
What a fantastic place. Actually it reminds me not of Cappadocia, as I've never been there, but of Matera in S. Italy. Do people still live in these caves? Excellent image.
Cricri (100163) 2014-02-04 10:25
Bon cadrage serré pour mieux se rendre compte des ouverture, de cet endroit extraordinaire, deux beaux WS en complément
Sonata11 (33081) 2014-02-05 20:21
beautiful composition and execution. Perfectly well done. Colors, sharpness, clarity are perfect. Love it. Tfs.
nikkitta (12684) 2014-02-06 14:40
I knew is was Georgia for your previous post, great place to visit
After watching the WS I like both to be posted, one for the frame and the other for the general view of this place
This close up is good because people help to have an idea how so big the caves are
Stll interested to know about life OVER there in old time with wine cellars inclusive
ourania (25364) 2014-02-07 13:55
a fascinating presentation consisting of three pictures, any of them could feature as a main post. If we count your previous postings too, you've done a marvellous work offering us various points of view and making our knowledge of this place thorough. I'm sure that many other viewers have felt the desire to see and explore this place in person. In this photo I like very much the textures and the play of colours, the scale given by the people and the deep and mysterious view into the interior of the caves. Wonderful work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
eldancer1 (24647) 2014-02-10 7:50
Humans are very creative when it comes to surviving. I saw houses built by Native Americans on a cliff which to me is very difficult to access but they used it for hundreds of years. Good capture of this cave dwellings and I'm glad you included the people for scale. Well done, tfs.
papagolf21 (82936) 2014-02-21 23:29
Bonjour, cher Paul,
Les hommes sont parfois sans limites quant à la recherche ou à la création d'éléments architecturaux.
Ici, cela semble irréel de pouvoir créer des troglodytes réalisés à l'aide d'outils simples.
Le résultat est spectaculaire.
Un véritable ravissement à découvrir.
Très bonne note d'accompagnement également.
fritzi007 (2375) 2014-03-14 13:28
incredibly interesting city, from which stone is this city? Make your lovely photos in me the desire to visit this country. Your comment and photo are perfect, congratulations!
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2014-04-22 13:23
Paul, for a minute I thought that this was in Anatolia Cappadocia in Turkey, so similar..and your note explains perfectly the location and the great cave monastery!
a very nice and detailed close up!
- Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) (20233)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-28 19:38