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“Fascinating cave city”

Uplistsiche Cave Town
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Well worth a visit, interesting and unusual. Opened at 11am on a Saturday morning but the cafe was open earlier and served a good espresso. The site itself is large with lots of caves, a number of different temples and a more modern church. Helpful to have a guide to explain the background, history and the different parts of the site.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We did this on the same day as we did the attractions in Gori. We travelled by taxi to the cave city and explored, labels are in English and Georgian. There are many caves to look in and there is a church on the site. With a bit of imagination you can consider what it was like to live there and how large it must have been when inhabited. Opportunities to scale the rocks are numerous.
Toilets, gifts and drinks are available. Admission is 3 Lari per adult.

Thank Emilee S
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

the remnants of a +3000 year old city hewn in the rocks overlooking the river mtkvari. the entrance fee for adults is 3 lari which is the norm for georgia, the paths are good but i advise that you study the map at the entrance and better yet, have a copy (i took a picture and used it). this is quite an extensive site and is very impressive. more signs could have been placed. be carefull when exiting through the tunnel because some steps are worn out.
coming here made the trip to gori worth the time and cost... this was much better than the stalin museum and gori fortress.

Thank mazda65
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

If you go to Gori, you cannot miss Uplistsikhe. I got a local bus from the bus station (1 lari, 20 minute wait) and a local bus back (walked about two km before flagging one down) but I speak some Russian and would not have been able to do this otherwise. The bus drops you off about 1 KM from the caves and you walk over a bridge and up a road to approach, which is actually fantastic as the caves suddenly come into view. Not to sound infantile, but all I could think of was Bedrock and Fred Flintstone--this place really was a lived in cave city. You pretty much are free to go wherever your feet will take you after paying the 3 lari entrance fee. You can stay as long as you want until closing, which gives you plenty of time to explore. There is a lot to see, and it is pretty amazing that people carved designs into these caves to make them attractive and give them a lived-in feeling. You should be very careful when you walk, as there is little safety equipment, and anything you climb up you must climb down, so those with vertigo should be warned. If you go, buy water on the outside and perhaps a small snack like a candy bar or some bread, since the café, aside from being a ripoff, has a very limited selection.
This was a great place, and the highlight in Gori.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Uplistsikhe ~ an ancient rock hewn town situated on a rocky massif in 15 km eastwards to the town Gori on the left bank of the river Mtkvari.

A place not to be missed if you are visiting Georgia. Its rustic charm will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Its history begins in the I-II millennium B.C. Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political and cultural centre in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods (IV c. B.C. - IV c. A.D.). The town was in its heyday as far back as the 9th-11th centuries.

We had an amazing climb up, taking short stops in between to admire the beautiful view of the river and the whole surroundings. Reaching the top is like winning the marathon. It was all worth it. The view is so breathtaking, I feel like I could live there for days! We wandered around, looking closely at each cave, admiring the carved ceilings, along with its intricate details. As we explored and walked along the ancient stone walkways and stairwells, I can't help but imagine how the people lived during those times. They have wine cellars would you believe? What attracted us most was the 10th century Christian stone basilica on top of the hill. You can wander inside to see some beautiful candlelit frescos. From the church, you can continue farther along to the precipices beyond where you will find a fantastic bird’s eye view of some more of the ruins as well as a view over the Mtkvari River and the Caucasus.

The weather was on our side at that time so we got the chance to breath in the awesome view and took a lot of photos ~ and I mean a lot! It's a once in a lifetime experience after all. The memory of this lovely olden city lingered on our minds long after we have gone home. If given another chance to visit this place I will definitely grab it.

Tips: Don't forget your water, sunscreen and shades, most of all your camera.

1  Thank Ruby Pearl D
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