Stalin’s Museum in Gori
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Located 86km from Tbilisi, Gori is a regional capital of Shida Karli region and birthplace of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The town has limited sightseeing options, but because of Stalin’s House Museum, it is the second most popular place for day trips in Georgia.
The museum offers a glimpse of Stalin’s life and maintains its Soviet-era character. It has three sections, all situated in the central square. Stalin’s house is a small wooden hut, in which Joseph was born in 1878 and spent four years of his childhood. The museum is divided into six halls and displays exhibits in approximate chronological order. Many items are actually owned by Stalin, including his office furniture, personal items, and gifts he received throughout his leadership. You can also see documents, photos, paintings, and newspaper articles dedicated to him. In the yard of the museum, you can visit his personal, armor-plated railway carriage he used to travel everywhere, including Tehran and Yalta Conferences.
Apart from Stalin’s museum, you can explore Uplistsikhe, one of the cave towns in Georgia, located around 9km from Gori. The cave town is famous for an unusual combination of several styles of rock-cut cultures from Iran and Anatolia.