Monday, April 29, 2013

Uplistsikhe, Georgia

Uplistsikhe, უფლისციხე, translates to "the lord's fortress."  It is an ancient cave town above the Mtkvari River in eastern Georgia about 10 km (6.5 miles) east of Gori.

The town's 8 hectares (20 acres) make up one of the country's oldest urban settlements.  The first caves were cut out in the 10th century BC.  Most of the structures have very few decorations.

At the top of the complex is a Christian basilica built during the 9th and 10th centuries AD.

Overlooking the Mtkvari River

Since 2007, the Uplistsikhe cave complex has been on the tentative list to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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