Uplistsikhe Cave Town Tour from Tbilisi is the most famous and historical tour of Georgia(country)
Today I will take you to Iron Age Tour for a Uplistsikhe Cave Town Tour from Tbilisi in Georgia. “Uplistsikhe” a Georgian word which translates to “Fortress of the Lord” is an ancient, historical Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age town . Uplistsikhe Cave Town has a 3000 years old rich historical and cultural significance from Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. Uplistsikhe was one of the most important political, religious and cultural centers of Georgia built across Old Silk Path ranging from 6th century B.C. to 11th century A.D.. Uplistsikhe had a population of about 20,000 during its peak of prosperity. Also I want to share one of my achievement as a travel blogger with you all. I got my first interview published on iTraveleo in the start of year 2018.
So in this post let’s explore Uplistsikhe Cave Town Tour from Tbilisi
Situated on the rocky banks of Mtkvari river, ancient Uplistsikhe Cave Town is 85-90 kms away from Tbilisi(capital of Georgia country). The site of Uplistsikhe Cave Town is 10 kms east of small town of Gori(birthplace of Stalin).
Uplistsikhe Cave Town complex can be divided into three parts South(lower), Middle (central) and North (Upper) spread across 8 hectares of land. Most of the structures are constructed through under-ground tunnels, alleys, rock cut steps which also meets at the river flowing behind. These tunnels and alleys served as escape route during invasions.
Uplistsikhe Cave Town depicts unique combinations of cultures from Anatolia and Iran. This rock cut city have the co-existence of Pagan and Christian architecture. The major part of caves are not having many decorations, but there are remains of bakery, prison, cellars, sacrificial altars, few carved ceilings, amphitheater all connected through rock-cut steps and tunnels.
During Archaeological excavations, numerous artifacts like gold, silver & bronze jewelry with samples of ceramics and sculptures from different time periods have been found and now are kept in National Museum of Tbilisi. Archaeologists have also found many temples and facts of worshipping Goddess Sun before arrival of Christianity. At the top of cave town there is Christian Basilica dating from 10th century.
The rock-cut structure include one large hall with pillars named as Hall of Queen Tamara.
Uplistsikhe Cave Town survived 3000 years but was destructed by Mongols in 13th century and some parts were destroyed by natural disasters like 1920’s earthquake.
HOW TO DO Uplistsikhe Cave Town Tour from Tbilisi –
From Tbilisi to Gori(Uplistsikhe Cave Town site place) public transports like Marshrutkas are available costing 4 Georgian Lari (3 USD) and takes around 1 and half hours. Also private taxis with driver cum guide can be hired from Tbilisi for this day tour. I took private car with Georgian guide/driver with many stopovers at houses of Georgian locals in between for lunch and understanding local living of that place.
Entrance fee for Uplistsikhe Cave Town – 3 Georgian Lari.
If you want English speaking guide then 25 Georgian Lari extra.
Opening timings of Uplistsikhe Cave Town – 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.
The view from top of rock/cliff is amazing with views of flowing Mtkvari river, agricultural farms and settlements of Gori.
There are many day tours from Tbilisi like –
2.) Winery tour
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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