The Cliffs of Vardzia are a unique Georgian monument, which is included in the UNESCO list. It is located at the altitude of 1'300 meters above sea level, at the height of 100 meters from the foothills of the Erusheti Mountain in southern Georgia.
The length of the Erusheti mountain cave monastery is half a kilometer and consists of 13 floors. They are linked through a system of tunnels. The total number of caves is more than 3000. King George III started building Vardzia from 1156 - 1184. Tamara King completed its construction in 1186. In the same period the monastery was painted. Rock houses were built in 1183 - 1203, as well as church-related defenses, cache and irrigation facilities.
Georgia 2003, Vardzia.
The stamp was issued in the series "Tourism".