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Dry bridge

Dry bridge is known for selling paintings, antiques and “exchange broker”.

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Uplistsikhe

it is located in the cave in the 10th kilometers’ distance from Gori, on the left bank of the Kura river. One of the oldest names of the Caucasus are mentioned in the written sources in the VII century. There is a group of archeological and architectural monuments in Uflistsikhe and its surroundings, the oldest one from them is of the Bronze Age and belongs to the Kura-Araks culture.

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State Museum of Joseph Stalin

State Museum of Joseph Stalin was founded in 1935. Now it houses more than 48 100 exhibits are kept in it, such as: steel productions, wall paintings, miniature sculptures, heraldic and the material for sights; unique Colchis silver piece (the only one in the former Soviet Union); Tamara and David Narini’s coins; Antique and East countries coins; epigraphic in Arabic and Georgian languages; the collection of Georgian manuscripts; rich photo archives and etc.

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Gori

Gori is one of the oldest cities in Georgia. Officially it was declared as a city in 1801. The name of the city is according the rocky hills which the city is built ot, where is built an ancient fortress. Goris has been mentioned in notes since VII century. Some historians believe that the castle was built by Byzantine Caesar Heraclius, with help of ammunition store, when he fought against the Persians. Although some historical sources attribute the foundation of the city to David the Builder (XII century). The most important strategic and economic road junction was located in the city and it meant political supremacy over Shida Kartli.

In the XIII century, Ossetians occupied Gori with the help of Mongols and settled there for a long time. The fortress destroyed many times and was built the second time in 1774 during the reign of King Irakli II, but it was damaged in 1920 during the earthquake.

Stalin Museum includes the memorial house, where Stalin was born, exposition building with tower and Stalin’s personal coach, which he had traveled to Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam. Stalin’s personal items are also housed in the museum.

Historical fortress in the center of Gori, locates on a high rocky hill. Preserved ruins on the north slope and archaeological evidence indicates that the strongest bulwark stood there is BC. Sec. I millennium, which mentions «Gori Citadel” first in the XIII century.

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Monastery of Alaverdi

Monastery of Alaverdi was founded by Joseph Alaverdeli in the VI century (one of the 13 Assyrian fathers), it is located in the snowy mountains of the Caucasus Mountains in the background, 20 kilometers from Telavi. Alaverdi was Monastery, but in the XVII-XVIII centuries, the monastery was founded here, where a nun ordained members of the royal family lived. Alaverdi was an important religious and educational center. You can taste traditional Georgian-crafted wine cellar of the monastery.

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Ikalto Monastery

Ikalto Monastery complex located in the 7-8 kilometers far from the north of Telavi. Founded by one of the Assyrian monk Zenon in the VI century. Thre was an academy before. There are 3 preserved monastery churches: the Church of the Transfiguration of the God; Trinity Church is small; All Saints church nave and different structures.

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New Shuamta

New Shuamta it is about 10 minutes walk from Old Shuamta it dates back to the mid XVI century. Painting is simultaneous. In 1762. Irakli II- restored damaged temple. In the XIX century it was whitewashed it from the outside. The local architecture is a typical example of medieval church Shuamta

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Old Shuamta

Old Shuamta, which is located 7 km far away from Telavi. It is one of the oldest Christian churches – V century basilica. Two Cross-domed church of the VII century.

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Batonis Tsikhe Castle

This architectural complex dates back to the 1667-1675. Batonis Tsikhe consists the following things: the King’s Palace, Irakli II Door Church, Archil church door, the prison walls, the bath and the palace of the tunnel.

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Telavi

city is located in eastern Georgia, in the Northeast slope bottom of Gombori and Alazani valley. The regional administrative center of Kakheti. The last station of Telavi-Tbilisi railway line. It is 550-800 m above sea level, 158 km from Tbilisi. It was declared a town in 1801. Telavi is a home of wine. There are Museum of Art, and the castle theater highlighting folk song and dance in Telavi. In Telavi it is possible to arrange a perfect 2-3 day excursion, the ideal place for Georgian food and wine tasting.

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