Liberty Tour

Uplistsikhe - Gori

Gori is one of the oldest cities of Georgia. The name comes from Georgian gora, that is, ‘a hill’ located in the city. Gori houses several historical and cultural landmarks, including the Gori Fortress, which is built on a cliffy hill overlooking the central part of the modern city, the historic-ethnographic museum, and the museum of Joseph Stalin. 

 

 The famous ancient rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe and Ateni Sioni Church are located not far from Gori.

Joseph Stalin museum of downtown Gori remains one of the most notable cultural and historical landmarks of the city. Museum complex includes a memorial house where Stalin was born, exhibition building, and the private wagon that he used to travel to Theiran, Ialta, and Potsdam. The museum houses many private properties of Joseph Stalin. There is an illegal print shop located on the territory of museum. According to communistic misinformation, Stalin used to print the newspapers and proclamations that were prohibited by communistic party.

In 2010, Stalin’s monument in front of the city hall was removed and transferred to the museum.

Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, some 15 kilometers east of the town of Gori. It contains various structures dating from the early Iron Age and the late middle ages. Uplistsikhe is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. According to archeologists, people already resided in Uplistsikhe as early as XVI-XV centuries B.C. Around I-III centuries A.C, Uplistsikhe became an important territory for military, and also expanded as a cultural landmark.

There is a legend that Uplistsikhe is constructed by slaves. According to the legend, during the construction of Uplistsikhe, a slave who worked on stone processing was given a cutter, the greater part of which was made of some precious metal, while the rest of it – of the simple one. The slave had to work until the cutting part (made of the simple metal) was completely worn out. Then the slave was rewarded with both the rest part of the cutter and long-awaited freedom.

After Christianity was declared as an official religion of Georgia (VI cc – 30th), the population of Uplistsikhe declined. People moved to different places to live. However, it remained as one of the ancient rock-hewn town of eastern Georgia.

Travel duration: 10-18 hours

Distance from Tbilisi: 150 km (one way)

Best period for travel: from April to October

Price per person: 50 GEL (up to group of 8)

 
 

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Tbilisi 0177, Georgia

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