Uplistsiche Cave Town, Gori

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World Heritage Site Uplistsiche Cave Town, meaning "the lord's fortress," offers a chance to visit an ancient, sacred site mentioned in early religious texts. Rock-cut structures from the early Iron Age through to the late Middle Ages make up these cave-like buildings that bring together pagan and Christian architectures. The complex was mostly abandoned by the 14th century when it was sacked by raiding Mongol forces. Some highlights of the town include a Hellenistic amphitheater and a church built upon the foundations of a sun god's temple. Explore the tunnels and building, and seek out an English-speaking guide who will give you the history for a negotiated fee. Put Uplistsiche Cave Town into our Gori vacation planning site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This was fascinating, historically interesting. It also provided fresh air, excercise and great views. I was happy I visited on a cool off-season day. On a hot and crowded visit, my pleasure would hav...  more »
  • Not far from Gori is the cave town of Uplistsiche. Homes, temples, theatrical scenes and other public buildings are directly carved into the rocks. The caves lie in sinsbetween allied groups. Uplistsiche is said to have been a fortress in 300-100 BC. The city was later devastated by Martial Mongols. You cannot be handicapped if you want to see this place when railings and steps are missing
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