This enticing tour
around Gori and Uplistsikhe is definite to fascinate those who wish to explore
the road less traveled. From the country’s oldest settlement to the captivating
exhibits at Joseph Stalin’s House-Museum, you’ll not only journey through some
of the breathtaking landscapes of Eastern Europe but as well take a peek into
the region’s awe-inspiring art, culture and history that date from the
Tour the cave town of
Uplistsikhe that would amaze you with its steep mythological roots. Touted as
the Caucasus’ oldest urban settlement, its origin traces back to 1000 BC.
Archeological findings reveal that the place once served as a significant Pagan
center before the introduction of Christianity and then a prominent trade route
connecting Asia to Europe. It was completely destroyed as a result of Mongol
attack in the 13th century.
Despite its long
turbulent history, Uplistsikhe – literally meaning ‘God’s Fortress,’ has stood
the test of time, as majority of its ancient temples, dwellings, streets,
squares, and underground water tunnels still remain undamaged. What’s more
mesmerizing is that all these gems are phenomenally cut into Kvernaki’s
volcanic rocks, making it a bewitching, curiosity-generating sight.
You’ll further make a
trip to Gori, mainly popular being the place of birth of the Georgian-Soviet
politician - Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. The must-see is undoubtedly the
Joseph Stalin Museum whose three sections chronicle the journey of Stalin’s
life. You’ll come across his personal railway carriage; see the restored hut
where he was born; and also check out its more than 40,000 exhibits including
photographs, paintings, and documents, along with his personal belongings.