Facts about Gori
The city is particularly famous for the fact that Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili was born there in 1878 – the man who gave himself the battle name of Stalin, which means «Man of Steel», in 1912 and from then on was to shape world history. Even today, the birthplace of the later dictator and a museum in Gori remind us of the city's most famous citizen.
Gori, still influenced by Joseph Stalin today
Stalin still plays an important role in the minds of some people in Gori. Especially older people in Gori still worship the former dictator – knowing that he spread much suffering and that many Georgians fell victim to his reign of terror. But with Stalin, a man from her peaceful city has made it to the very top and shaped history like no other. An approach that can explain his popularity, some of which continues to this day.
The fortress «Goris Tsikhe»
The Joseph Stalin Museum and Stalin's birthplace are certainly Gori's main attractions. But there are other sights as well. On the one hand, the cave town Uplistsikhe 10 km away, on the other hand «Goris Tsikhe», the castle ruin enthroned on a hill over the city, which had been built after the invasion of the Mongolians. The ascent takes place on foot. You will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the city and the surrounding area of Kartli region at the top.
The Historical Ethnographic Museum in Gori
A visit to the Historical Ethnographic Museum, which is only a two-minute walk from the Joseph Stalin Museum, is also exciting. The museum offers a good insight into the life of Georgians during the past epochs. You can admire cultural and historical exhibits such as archaeological artefacts, furniture, weapons, folk costumes and traditional jewellery. Address: Kirion II street, Gori
How to get to Gori
Gori is located 90km northwest of Tbilisi. The journey from the capital takes 1h 15min by car. The road conditions are excellent (motorway).
There’s daily Marschrutka connections from Tbilisi (bus station Didube) to Gori. The minibuses run between 07:00 and 20:00. The trip costs 3 GEL.
The nearest airport is the one in Tbilisi. From there, you can reach Gori within 90 minutes by car. We recommend passing Tbilisi north of the reservoir, to avoid the dense urban traffic.
There are up to eight trains from Tbilisi to Gori every day. The journey takes between 56 minutes and 1 hour and 14 minutes, depending on the train. Prices range from 8 GEL to 39 GEL (Business Class).