DAVIT GAREJI STEPPE

Davit Gareji is a Steppe located in the Kakheti region of South-Eastern Georgia on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja but mostly known as a rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex which includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face.

Part of the complex is located in the Ağstafa Rayon of Azerbaijan and has become subject to a border dispute between Georgia and Azerbaijan.

During my last visit I had the chance to cross the “no man’s land” up the slope which overlooks Azerbaijani controlled area.

This essay shot between early June 2013 and early January 2014 also shows the biodiversity of the Steppe through the seasons.