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Uplistsiche Cave Town
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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 December 2, 2012

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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Reviewed October 23, 2012

It's worth a visit when you are in the area. Gori has a lot of history, so does this place!!!! Amazing view and interesting walk in the caves. 3 GEL per person(around 1,5 euro).
This is a tourist place, where they have cafe, souvernir-shop and toilet. Have to say, the toilet was very desgusting!!!

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

I was all by myself and enjoyed the fantastic views , the caves and the medieval church. Uplistsiche was inhabited by almost 20 000 people at one point, there are several caves temples
And a basilica which probably was a temple . A bit of climbing involved.

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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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