At the feet of Goris Tsikhe, on a shelf stand an amazing assembly. Seven wounded Middle-Ages warrior, twice man size, sit on rocks. They are actually VERY wounded : broken chests , at least missing hands or arms,! One of them has lost both arms anf half of his skull. Another one has lost both arms, both legs and his head. That certainly refers to a historical event in the Middle Ages but have not found any clue about it.
Gori beeing strategically situated at a major crossroad has been repeatedly invaded but none of the invasions and following sack of the town seem more blooddy than the others. Is that an allegorical memorial to all invasions of Gori ? May be! If anybody has a clue, I would be glad to learn!
Favorite thing: Saint Mary’s church was built as a Catholic church in the XVIIth. At that time, there was an important catholic community in Gori. Local named it “French Church”, “French” meaning “catholic”. In the 90s, it was turned into an Orthodox church. The rain was too strong and I did not visit it, just took a photo from the wounded warriors assembly. Though, it seems that it is worth a visit.
Favorite thing: It was raining cats and dogs, therefore, we gave up to walk to Goris Tsikhe. One of the main interests of Goris Tsikhe is the view on the Caucasus mountains. It was built in the late Middle Ages on the remains of a former fort that was already mentioned in 65 BC.
Gori is an industrial city in the Shida Kartli province of Georgia which no one woud ever mention or visit, if it was not for a very famous former resident and the large
museum dedicated to him.
Gori is also the birthplace of Joseph Vassariovic Djugashvili - which you may know better by the nickname Stalin, meaning "iron". The last standing statue to him in the former Soviet Union is in Gori.
Fondest memory: People are still very fond of him in Gori, and will not fail to tell you, and it's possibly the only place in Georgia where you'll feel that the population is regretting the times of the Great Soviet Union. This comes across quite as a surprise, since during his rule Stalin did not do his fellow Georgian countrymen any favour (actually he murdred many and exiled many others).