Uplistsikhe is an ancient cave town located in eastern Georgia. In 2003 it was in quite a poor condition – the old road was all in pits and ruts, and even though the entrance was free, there were barely any visitors. Not long time ago it was renovated. Cafes and toilets were built there, the road was restored and admission became 3 GEL (slightly more than 50 rubles – $ 1.7). Let’s take a tour over this ancient place.
The view on Uplistsikhe from the Kura river.
According to legend, during the construction of Uplistsikhe, a servant who worked on stone processing was given a cutter, the greater part of which was made of some precious metal, while the rest of it – of the simple one. The servant had to work until the cutting part (made of the simple metal) was completely worn out. Then the slave was rewarded with both the rest part of the cutter and long-awaited freedom.
The rock, in which the caves are carved, is made up of sandstone, the material that is relatively easy to process.
Uplistsikhe is one of the oldest settlements on the territory of Georgia. It was formed in the 16-15th century BC. Then, over the centuries the city has been rebuilt several times, abandoned and left to decay, but each time it has been somehow revived. And now, for almost 200 years since the cessation of raids and wars, no one’s been living here. People moved down to the valley of the Kura river.
An inaccessible rock on the one side and a valley on the other make the city a natural fortress.
The view on the Kura.