Visiting the Uplistsikhe Cave Complex in Georgia

Close to Gori, Georgia lies the elaborate cave complex called Uplistsikhe.  Uplistsikhe, which literally means “Fortress of the Lord“, sprawls out over around eight hectares (about twenty acres).  It was built in the B.C. times, but the town didn’t reach its height until the 9th – 11th centuries A.D. when more than 20,000 people then called it home.  And it was later destroyed and in the 13th century by Genghis Khan and the Mongols, causing the complex to become completely abandoned.  It remained this way and eventually suffered from a massive earthquake in 1920, ruining the majority of the 700 caves that made up the town.

Uplistsikhe is old and historical… simply put.

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Since this town actually predates the arrival of Christianity in Georgia, it was thought to initially be inhabited and built by Pagans.  As life in Georgia progressed, so did religious affiliations at Uplistsikhe.  But what I actually found most impressive was that they had created wine presses within the rocks.  Which of course required a wine cellar.

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Getting to Uplistsikhe is fairly easy if you’re in Gori (it is around a 20 minute drive from Gori).  We found it easiest to just hail a cab and the driver will wait for you, as well.  I’m certain that there are buses or tour groups that can take you to the area, but I think it is best to be flexible with your time in the area.  You never know what you may stumble upon…

*There is a 1 GEL fee for visiting Uplistsikhe.

Comments (5)

the day when I visited Uplistsikhe was the craziest one of my journey to Georgia, full of amazing Georgian hospitality and crazy adventures! Definitely the day not to be forgotten hence this place will always be a special one for me. not to mention how beautiful it is!

So, so neat! While I’m not really one for museums and history, caves have been one attraction that have always spiked my curiosity. And a whole cave complex is even better! Anyone who has the piece of mind to create a wine cellar is a winner in my book ;)

Oh, and LOVING your photos from Central America. Officially jealous!

Really cool post Megan, now you have me wanting to go there too!

This is so cool! I would love to visit this place.

Man, I really wish I would have had more time to spend in Georgia (I only got to Batumi & Tbilisi, and didn’t like either that much.) These caves are beautiful and interesting!

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