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Uplistsiche Cave Town, Gori
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World Heritage Site Uplistsiche Cave Town, meaning "the lord's fortress," offers a chance to visit an ancient, sacred site mentioned in early religious texts. Rock-cut structures from the early Iron Age through to the late Middle Ages make up these cave-like buildings that bring together pagan and Christian architectures. The complex was mostly abandoned by the 14th century when it was sacked by raiding Mongol forces. Some highlights of the town include a Hellenistic amphitheater and a church built upon the foundations of a sun god's temple. Explore the tunnels and building, and seek out an English-speaking guide who will give you the history for a negotiated fee. To visit Uplistsiche Cave Town and other attractions in Shida Kartli Region, use our Shida Kartli Region family vacation planner.
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  • A cave town which is a short drive from Gori and worth combining with visit to Stalin museum. In a way it is similar to Vardzia but it is much less 'touristy', the rocks and steep and slippery and ver...  more »
  • a hard climb , windy conditions, but great views when on top. reminder of just how hard life was,.. way back when. no decorations of course. need imagination to view it as a place to live. 
  • Very nice cave complex with excellent views on surrounding area. We reached it from Gori with a taxi. The tour takes more 1-2 hours. On the top of the cave complex is an old orthodox church. We can on...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. The whole place has a truly ancient feel.
  • Nice city in rocks, a bit demolished. Go there in early morning or late afternoon as it gets hot during the day in summer.
  • Wow. Incredible. Definitely worth visiting (esp in the evening when it's cooler and there are fewer crowds) and the information centre is informative, providing interesting background
  • Large ancient town. It was interesting to explore. Surprisingly it was also a huge success for preschoolers who enjoyed climbing to every possible spot.
  • Ancient residence of Georgian kings, built entirely in rock caves. Has decent infrastructure around it and nice guides to listen to. More thant affordable tickets and easy to navigate.