Looking for the best spots to capture the landscape and the church, I came across dozens of raspberry bushes on the riversides high on the plateau. I don’t have to say they were delicious, but want to mention I was the only one to taste them.
Kazbegi is nothing more than a village so make sure you can entertain yourself at night by either drinking beer and watching Russian TV or reading a good book. Other than talking to your hosts or travellers there is not much to do but it is a great place to unwind and relax while waiting for the amazing morning views.
Well, if you've made it this far, you may as explore the church. Frankly, after the grueling (ok, to out of shape, smoking me) 1.5 hour trek to the church, the exterior and the interior of the chuch wasn't the draw. The draw, of course, was the spectacular view. Please don't think it isn't a lovely church. It is. But, somehow, it would have to be amazingly magnificent to compete with the landscape.
As an aside: My favorite church can be found on the ride from Kazbegi to Tbilisi, in Ananuri, but that's for another tip....
There are great domestic animals just running around the town, and as you trek up the trail. And, while there's not photo, there is a little dog that'll probably follow you up and down. Very friendly, although he does jump on you with his very muddy paws!
Above Kazbegi, and the village Gergeti, at an altitude of 2170 metres, Tsaminda Sameba stands on a hilltop. The silhouette of the church against the sky looks really nice.
From Kazbegi it takes about one and a half hour to walk up to the church. I was there in the end of June and the meadows were in full bloom. It is a beautiful walk with the meadows, the birch forest and the mountains (the highest of them Mt Kazbeg) around.
The church was built in the 14th century, but the tower added later. It is locked so if you want to have a look inside you should pick up the key from the caretaker in Gergeti village on your way up.
Arriving to Kazbegi from Tbilisi the shared taxi stopped at the main square. The town is not big at all, but only have 4000 inhabitants. Around the square are a few buildings, a hotel, a bakery and a restaurant and some kiosks.
The church up in the mountains you can see from down in the valley.
You can climb up to this church.
It takes about one hour to get up and one to get down.
From the church you will have a lovely view to mount Kazbek and to Russia and Kazbegi.
It is also possible to take a car.
But thats not necessary!
The Holy Trinity Church or locally known as the Tsminda Sameba is a typical 14th century church complete with adjacent belltower. And typically located in a stunning mountain top location it is indeed.
Just a small town, so perfectly Caucasian that's it's almost hard to believe how amazing it all is. Here are some things you see in town, and on your trek.
Of course, the church has a bell tower, and some little special structure that we didn't quite know what to make of.