The name means "City of God." Uplistsiche - cave city, carved into the rocks around in the 1st century. It is hard to believe that people have carved a city using only primitive tools. At various times, the city experienced the ups and downs in it at various times lived peoples of different faiths and it left a definite mark on the place.
Originally, the city had about 700 caves, but only 150 remain preserved in the present day. Among the remaining caves stands the Hall of Queen Tamar, and the Ancient Theater with dressing rooms behind the stage. Prisons which could hold several prisoners are scattered through the city and they are narrow circular holes of different depths cut in the ground. Primitive ovens for baking bread are also impossible to miss and can be seen at every turn. Also worth noting is a wine cellar and a pool for water storage, a wine press, in which the grapes are crushed and then the juice ran down the chute into another container. Also in the city was an escape tunnel cut in the rock to enable its inhabitants to quietly leave town during an enemy attack. In the escape tunnel is a good quality ladder for one to use, but underneath it can be seen the carved steps.
A modest small church from the 9th century remains open on this historic site.
A small town was located closed to the cave city, but after it discovered that was built over an ancient burial ground, the population moved to the other side of the river. The ruins of the abandoned town can be easily seen.
I can say that the impressions of all the visited churches and monasteries we visited in Georgia, almost merged into one. For there is a reason; they are all built in the same style making it hard to distinguish, and for this we need a thorough knowledge of the history of Georgia. But Uplistsiche with it caves is easy to remember.
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