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More to Gori than Stalin

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A June 2007 trip to Gori by fizzytom

Hotel Intourist Photo, Gori, Georgia More Photos
Quote: Famous as the birthplace of Stalin, but this bizarre Georgian town doesn't deserve its bad press as I'll show you here

More to Gori than Stalin

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Overview

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Simply walking around thhis bizarre town is a highlight! Tourists are looked upon with curosity by the bemused citizens but many will come and chat. It does feel a bit macabre and anyone coming here should make sure they pack a good sense of humour. Gori is a little on the dark side and more than a bit odd.The Stalin museum is the reason most people visit and, while the captions are all in Russian or Georgian, it's definitely worth a look. Stalin's armoured carriage and his childhood home (moved stone by stone) can be seen outside the museum.Uplistsikhe, a few kilometres outside the town, is not only a highlight of Gori but probably the most amazing thing we saw in the whole countr...Read More

Nikala

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Restaurant | "A Warm Welcome at Nikala"

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Unless you were looking for it, you’d probably walk past this cosy restaurant. Fortunately, thanks to our guide book, we were looking for it and managed to find it by way of counting the numbers on the street. To make it easier if you walk down the main street coming from the Inturist Hotel, walking away from the Stalin Museum, go past the statue of Stalin on your left, over the square, past the ATM and start looking at the numbers. Nikala is number 10 and is behind blinds and nets that prevent you from seeing that you’ve got the right place.The interior is very simple and quite dark. It appears to have more tables than it could ever need but it’s still small and cosy. When it became appa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2009

Uplistsikhe Cave City, Gori

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Attraction | "To the Bat Cave!"

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Uplistsikhe (pronounced Oo-lis-si-he, that's nothing you should try looking for the name in Georgian script) is situated about ten kilometres from the town of Gori. It's about an hour from the capital, Tbilisi, though it's certainly worth staying in Gori if you have the chance. Uplistsikhe is now a UNESCO recognised site and, in conjunction with financial aid from the World Bank, the Georgian government is working hard to protect it from further damage. Uplistsikhe is important because of the combination of pagan and Christian evidence linked to it. Situated just a couple of kilometres from the ancient Silk Road route, Uplistsikhe was a major trading centre and a place where th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2009

J. Stalin's State Museum

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Attraction | "Gulags, What Gulags?"

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Did you know Stalin was set to become a priest? Or that in his youth he would write romantic poetry? You can learn all these things at the Stalin Museum - providing you can understand Georgian; almost all the captions on exhibits are in Georgian and a few are in Russian too. None of the staff speak English but this doesn't stop them trying to point things out to you. A basic knowledge of Soviet history is valuable but you'll still struggle to get much out of the experience. One of the most accessible and interesting parts of the museum is two rooms filled with gifts presented to Stalin by the various Soviet Socialist Republics and other nations around the world - some clogs from the Nether...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2008

J. Stalin's State Museum
Stalin str. 32
Gori
+995 270 7 52 15

Hotel Intourist

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Hotel

Hotel Intourist Photo, Gori, Georgia
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From the name you've probably guessed that this is a former state run hotel. It's sturdy looking but unexceptional from the outside but a look inside shows traces of faded grandeur. Push open the massive metal doors and prepare to be charmed...Crumbling plaster and broken bannisters sit alongside the remains a a once impressive mural and from the ceiling hangs a stylish and rather opulent chandelier.The staff speak little English but from their bleak little cell they will make you feel welcome. So far it seems only one floor has been renovated and we could see no signs of work carrying on. The receptionist took us to the first floor where there is a massive landing and a teeny bar in t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2007

Hotel Intourist
Stalin 24-26
Gori, Georgia

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fizzytom

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom