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Top Choice Museum in Gori

Stalin Museum

The museum makes no serious attempt to present a balanced account of Stalin's career or deeds. It remains, much as when it opened in 1957, a reverent homage to the Gori boy who became a key figure of 20th-century wo…
Top Choice Cathedral in Mtskheta

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

This grand (and for its time, enormous) building dates from the 11th century, early in the golden age of Georgian church architecture. It has an elongated cross plan and is adorned with beautiful stone carving outsi…
Top Choice Church in Mtskheta

Jvari Church

Visible for miles around on its hilltop overlooking Mtskheta from the east, Jvari is, to many Georgians, the holiest of holies. It stands where King Mirian erected a wooden cross soon after his conversion by St Nino…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Uplistsikhe

Cave City

This impressive and once enormous cave city, on the north bank of the Mtkvari, 10km east of Gori, is one of the oldest places of settlement in the Caucasus.
Church in Around Gori

Ateni Sioni

This impressively ancient church has a beautiful setting above a bend of the pretty, grapevine-strewn Tana valley, 12km south of Gori. Ateni Sioni was built in the 7th century and modelled on Mtskheta’s Jvari Church…
Archaeological Site in Mtskheta


Mtskheta was an important place as capital of the Iverian kingdom well before St Nino arrived. At Armaztsikhe-Bagineti, on the south side of the Mtkvari, you can inspect the excavated residence of Iverian rulers, in…
Georgian in Gori

Sport Kafe

A large, bright and popular place just south of Stalinis moedani, Sport prepares a big range of Georgian fare pretty well – including chakhrakina, a rare khachapuri species containing beetroot leaves and sour cream …
Georgian in Mtskheta


Mtskheta's best-value and most popular eatery is 5km back along the road towards Tbilisi (the marshrutky pass the door). It's a rambling place with several rooms and terraces and staff bustling about serving all of …
Fortress in Gori

Gori Fortress

This oval citadel stands on the hill at the heart of Gori, a short walk west from Stalinis gamziri. It dates mostly from the Middle Ages, with 17th-century additions. With fine views, it’s a good place to be around …
Museum in Gori

War Museum

The War Museum, 400m south of the Stalin Museum, is mostly devoted to Gori people’s involvement in WWII, but also contains a small display on the 2008 war. In the lobby are a few pieces of Russian ordnance from that…