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“Ancient cave city, extremely interesting and great views”

Uplistsiche Cave Town
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Full-Day Private Tour in Gori Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta
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Full Day Private Tour in Mtskheta Gori Uplistsikhe
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Gori
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed July 26, 2012

A must do when in Georgia. I would recommend to read an introduction on this cave city (from a guide book for example) before visiting as it makes it all the more interesting. This is an entire city, carved into the rocks, built up on a hill overlooking the area. According to guide books, some of the structures date from 1000BC. Some of the buildings or part there of are signed in Georgian and English to help imagine what they were used for at the time. This place is really fun to explore so I imagine it would be interesting for children too. Wearing sturdy shoes and sunscreen are essential as there is a bit of easy climbing and uneven surfaces, also there is no protection from the sun. Entry is 3 lari and the site- at the time, openned from 11am till 6pm but this has been known to change and if you arrive early (i arrived at 9am) the police might let you in with a bit of convincing. A taxi from Gori cost me 25 lari return. About 1 and a half hours is a good amount of time to see everything (the driver will ask you how long you want him to wait for you). There is a souvenir shop at the entrance with books about the site in English.

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Reviewed May 10, 2011

This site was a religious comples in the feudal era, and was a commercial centre in the middle ages- it is a huge complex of mysterious caves. I usually hate guides, but it is worth getting one here otherwise you just wander round looking at caves with no idea what they are for, once you have had the introduction you can explore more alone. The written guidebook is surprisingly good too.

The location is lovely- we spent some time watching the cluds move down the valley, listening to the frogs in the river below.

The 13th century church is a bot of a disappontment- the frescos were white washed and so there isn't much to see. However, just below it, there is a wishing tree- it is a pagan fertility tradition to tie handkerchiefs to a tree near a church, and there is one here- Georgian orthodoxy has delightfully pagan undertones.

Practical stuff:
One for the able bodied- lots of steps and rocks to scramble over.
Good, clean toilets (nominal fee)
There is a fee to enter

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Reviewed January 5, 2011

In every Western country it would be bound to be a tourist spot widely-known throughout the world. As Georgia is still undiscovered, there are not very many tourists there. Thanks to this, the place hasn’t still lost its authenticity and charm. Located in the suburbs of Gori, it can be reached by local buses arriving from the main bus station. Uplistsikhe is well-maintained, partly renovated rock-hewn town. There is a chapel at the summit of the complex. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can buy guidebooks and folders at the entrance. The staff is helpful and there is a discount for students (studentebistvis fasdakleba in Georgian:) . I highly recommend this place to those who want to discover ancient ruins on their own, looking into every hole or cavern imagining how people used to live centuries ago.

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