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Ruins · Specialty Museums · Natural History Museums
Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. The name is from Georgian gora (გორა), that is, "heap", or "hill".Gori was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages and maintains a strategic importance due to its location on the principal highway connecting eastern and western parts of Georgia. In the course of its history, Gori has been invaded by the armies of regional powers several times. The city was occupied by Russian troops during the 2008 Russia–Georgia war.Gori is also known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, ballistic missile designer Alexander Nadiradze and philosopher Merab Mamardashvili.Geography and climateGori is located 86km west of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Greater Liakhvi, 588m above sea level. The climate is transitional from moderately warm steppe to moderately humid. Summer is usually hot. The average annual temperature is 10.6°C, minimal in January (-1.0°C) and maximal in July and August (21.4°C). The maximum precipitation falls in May (76mm) and minimum in February (34mm). Precipitation here averages 603 mm.
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Popular things to do in Gori

Uplistsiche Cave Town ©
Uplistsiche Cave Town
Duration: 2 hours
Stalin Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Stalin Museum
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum
Natural History Museum
Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gori Castle ©
Gori Castle
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Gori

Shaorskoye Reservoir
Water Body
Shaorskoye Reservoir Kharistvala
Duration: 4 hours
Chateau Mukhrani ©
Winery / Vineyard
Chateau Mukhrani Mukhrani
Duration: 2h 30 min
Dmanisi Sioni
Dmanisi Sioni Dmanisi
Duration: 2h 30 min
Monastery Mgvimevi ©
Monastery Mgvimevi Chiatura
Duration: 2 hours

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