Cave Town Uplistsikhe, Georgia

Cave-town Uplistsikhe is an ancient town in eastern Georgia, some 10 kilometers east of Gori. It is to the north of the neighboring villages of Kvakhvreli and Uplistsikhe, on the left bank of Kura River.

Typical house of the Uplistsikhe village

Typical house of the Uplistsikhe village

A lane in the Kvakhvreli village

A lane in the Kvakhvreli village

Mtkvari (Kura)River

Mtkvari (Kura)River

The Uplistsikhe cave complex was built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari (Kura)River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture.

The gate of Uplistsikhe cave complex

The gate of Uplistsikhe cave complex

Main Road of the Ruin

Main Road of the Ruin

of Uplistsikhe cave complex

Dwelling of Uplistsikhe cave complex

The cave cluster in Uplistsikhe's central part

The cave cluster in Uplistsikhe’s central part

old theater and apothecary

Ancient theater

Central Square of Uplistsikhe cave complex

Central Square of Uplistsikhe cave complex

Queen Tamara’s Hall

Queen Tamara’s Hall

The interior of the Queen Tamara's Hall

The interior of the Queen Tamara’s Hall

Wine Press

In the front its wine press and in the back its apothecary

Three Nave Basilica

Three Nave Basilica

Inside of the Basilica

Inside of the Basilica

There is a more modern church of saint George, built in 10th century near the top. It is built on an earlier pagan temple, to a sun god.

 Current church of Uplistsikhe on the top of the ruin

Current church of Uplistsikhe on the top of the ruin

I entered the church on top of the ruins. The inside was quiet without the shadow of a person.

Icons of the church inside Icon of St. George in the church

Interior of the churcu (some icons and of St. George)

A lizard and wild flower

A lizard and wild flower

Life in the ruin are a lizard and some wild flower only. Still, Mtkvari River was beautiful.

Mtkvari (Kura)River from the ruin

Mtkvari (Kura)River from the ruin

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