Architectural, Cultural sights in Georgia
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The Stalin Museum is an interesting and hagiographic establishment. Stalin lived here for just a few months in 1901–02 when he helped organise the bitumen workers and set up an illegal printing press. Rather too amazingly (given that he didn’t become famous until almost two decades later), his personal belongings have survived, including a moth-eaten towel and the bed he slept on.
North of the Sioni Cathedral, Sionis qucha becomes Erekle II qucha, which leads to Erekle II moedani, site of the walled residence of the Catholicos-Patriarch (head of the Georgian church) and of a leafy little park. The large Church of the Archangels here was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th century. Later, three smaller churches were built from the ruins, one of which is the Karis Eklesia, at the north end of the park.