Davit Gareja Caves listed among World's 17 Most Wild and Beautiful Places by National Geographic
27 October, 2016
Davit Gareja Caves listed among World's 17 Most Wild and Beautiful Places by National Geographic
Georgia’s Davit Gareja Caves have been included in 17 of the World's Most Wild and Beautiful Places by National Geographic. Georgia’s unique site is ranked number 13 in the list. The photo above depicts Davit Gareja Caves in Georgia. Here is what the article says:

Davit Gareja Caves, Georgia

High in the cliffs of eastern Georgia’s rugged and remote border with Azerbaijan, Davit Gareja is a complex of 19 medieval cave monasteries. Considered masterpieces of Georgian art, the caves once housed nearly 5,000 monk cells. One cave is still functioning as a monastery, and monks can sometimes be heard chanting in the eerie silence of the deserted steppe.

Faroe Islands, Denmark

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Tucked away at the bottom of a mountain-enclosed inlet, a grass-roofed village occupies a mystical, moody realm in Denmark’s Faroe Islands. This island, Streymoy, is just one of 18 that make up the windblown and remote archipelago that sits about 200 miles off the coast of Scotland.

Engadine Valley, Switzerland

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The special “diamond dust light” of the mighty Engadine Valley has been drawing visitors to this part of Switzerland for more than three centuries. The dazzling atmospheric display is created on cold winter days by innumerable many-faceted ice crystals lingering in the atmosphere and glittering in the sun. A snow-covered St. Moritz, pictured here, sparkles in the winter.

Southern Peru

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Every year in the remote reaches of Peru, wild vicuñas are rounded up during Gran Chaccu, an annual shearing event rooted in Inca tradition. Andean herders surround these wild, long-necked cousins of llamas and alpacas, prized for their precious wool, considered one of the finest natural fibers in the world. Once the animals are shorn, they are let go and bound, one by one, for the hills, free again.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada


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The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is wild in every sense of the word. The striking cornflower blue water of the Athabasca River runs through this stretch of wilderness in far western Alberta, carving a path between rugged canyons and inviting explorers, hikers, and photographers.

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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Eerie blue “stars” light up a cave known as the Glowworm Grotto along the Waitomo River on New Zealand’s North Island. A tourist attraction since the 1880s, the grotto and other caves remain a source of wonderment for visitors. The otherworldly glow comes from larval fungus gnats found
only in parts of New Zealand and Australia.

Bohol Island Chocolate Hills, Philippines

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The conical Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island in the Philippines are a mystery of nature. The estimated 1,776 grass-covered, coral limestone karst domes are nearly uniform in shape. And though lush foliage paints the mounds a vibrant green much of the year, in the driest months the rain-starved landscape resembles row after row of giant chocolate drops.

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