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Gori has long been synonymous with Joseph Stalin, who was born and went to school here. During his rule of the Soviet Union the town's centre was rebuilt to his neoclassical tastes, and even today much of the downtown area is defined by its Stalinist architecture. The large Stalin Museum is the town's best-known attraction, but there are also some fascinating older sights nearby, most notably the cave city of Uplistsikhe.

In the 2008 war over South Ossetia (whose border is just 13km north of town), Gori was bombed by Russia, with at least 20 civilians killed, and the town fell under Russian control for 10 days. Predictably, anti-Russian feeling still runs high today.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Gori.