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Uplistsikhe, literally ‘Fortress of God’, is an ancient rock-hewn town which played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years.  Archaeological excavations have revealed extraordinary artifacts dating from the late Bronze Age all the way up to the late Middle Ages.

Accoring to Unesco, Uplistsikhe Cave Town-Fortress is situated on a rocky massif in 15 km eastwards to town Gori on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. The fortress is mentioned in chronicles from earliest times. 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. In 13th century, it was ravaged by Mongols.


How to get there: 
It it possible to do a one day trip to Gori and Uplistsikhe from the Georgian capital – Tbilisi. you can drive 75km to Kvakhvreli village or take a marshrutka (mini van)  to Gori, leaves from Didube metro station in Tbilisi, costs around 4 lari and the journey takes about 1.5 hour. From Gori, you can eaither make a biketrip or take a taxi to Uplistsikhe (around 10 km – return trip with the driver waiting while you are visiting should cost around 25 lari ). Another option is a bus from Gori for 1 Lari , however it doesn’t operate too frequently and you have to walk around 1 km from the village to the cave town. 1.5 hour should be enough to visit the site. If you want, there are guides near the entrance (most probably they will speak English) which at a low price will explain the history of the place. The entry fee is 7 gel for adults and 1 gel for kids.

You can also visit Kvakhvreli cave church in the village near Uplistsikhe with Armenian Khachkars on the wall:

In Gori you can also visit Ateni church and most notably the museum of Joseph Stalin.

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  1. kristien Diaz

    I am planning to visit Georgia in may, My plan is to to come here, on my way to Tbilisi from Kazbegi, Is it possible to just drive up here from kazbegi and park my car? or should I ark at a nearby village and walk the rest of the way?

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