Day 3: Full Mtskheta – Jvari Church- Gori – Uplistsikhe
In the morning pick up from the hotel. Drive throughout the fertile lands of Kartli Region. We will pass through ancient capital Mtskheta – which presents a living museum with UNESCO World Heritage Site monuments and other architectural landmarks. Visit Gori and the Joseph Stalin’s Museum – where the items related to the dictator’s life are presented.
The ancient temple town Uplistsikhe, translated as the “Fortress of the Lord“, dates back from the 6th c BC and is mentioned in the chronicles of the 1st c AD. It’s located approximately 20 kilometers east of the town Gori. The echoing halls, long meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship and even the remains of the oldest theatre in Georgia, all carved into the rocky plateau are waiting for you to be explored.
After excursions in Joseph Stalin’s museum and Uplistsikhe, have a lunch at restaurant located nearby (at your own cost).
Drive back to Tbilisi.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral 11th c-UNESCO site is one of the most sacred places in whole Georgia, with the Christ’s robe preserved in the Cathedral.
Jvari monastery 6th c – UNESCO site is the culmination of a number of artistic and architectural aspirations of an early Georgian Christian architecture.
Joseph Stalin’s Museum – The museum exhibits re-create surreal and revealing scenes from the life of the dictator and include unique photos, gifts and furniture. The house where Stalin was born is preserved under a stone canopy nearby.
Uplistsikhe caves – translated as the “Fortress of the Lord“. The history of Uplistsikhe goes back to the 2nd-1st millennium B.C. In antiquity, the city was one of the most important centers of Kartli and in the middle Ages. It stood on an important trade route that linked Byzantium with India and China. In 10th-16th centuries B.C. one of the strongest communities, residing on this territory used the natural caves for dwellings, later Uplistsikhe became one of the strongest political, cultural, religious and economic centers and the royal residence. The handicrafts made here are of high artistic quality, today kept in the State Art Museum of Georgia.
Transfer and overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.