Frozen in Time Chiatura and Sky pillar Katskhi

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20 EUR

We will explore Soviet period mining town of Chiatura. Rise up by cable car to the top of the mount. Feel the uniques atmosphere of ancient Ktskhi pillar and Mgvimevi Monastery.

Duration: 9 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Russian
Tour by Giorgi
Local

Hi, I am Giorgi Nikoladze, a local born and raised in Kutaisi. I love my city and never miss out a chance to pass my passion to the guests of Kutaisi. For many years, I have had a non commercial website, providing free consultations and support to the travelers from all around the world !
I am eager to share history, legends and stories about my homeland. Like a true Georgian, I follow ancient traditions of wine making and keep vineyards near Kutaisi.

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Highlights

  • Feel an extraordinary atmosphere of Soviet mining town Chiatura
  • Rise up on cable cars to the top of the mount
  • See the sky pillar Katskhi

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Description

Feel an extraordinary atmosphere of Soviet mining town Chiatura. We start from your hotel and head to upper Imereti. In an hour and a half, Katskhi’s silhouette appears. At the top of the cliff stands a church built between the 6th and 8th centuries. In ancient times the Katskh pillar was revered by locals as a symbol of the god of fertility. After accepting Christianity, people believed that this is a place where a person can come closer to God.

At about 12:00 we arrive in Chiatura and the extraordinary view catches our eyes: randomly built high-rise blocks, abandoned construction sites and vehicles from the Soviet period, tattered towers of cableways sticking out on the horizon. As if an imaginary worker pressed the "stop" button and everything still stood for tens of years!

In the afternoon, we will visit the Mgvimevi Monastery, built like a nestle in a karst cave on a rock (built by Prince Rati in the 13th century). The complex is richly decorated with ornaments, in some places are preserved frescoes of the early period. . From the balcony of this amazing structure, you can see the exploded mountains and rattling mines leading to the bowels of the earth.

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What’s included & not included

  • transport
  • guide
  • meals

Meeting point

Kutaisi located Hotel (Kutaisi, Грузия)

Pickup options are available for private tour bookings.

Reviews from travellers (1)

5.0/5

Very interesting tour !
Fascinating Katskhi pillar and Chiatura tour guided by Giorgi, a sympathetic Georgian who speaks fluently English and drives his reliable Volkswagen. Both sites visited are unique and should not be missed if you stay in Kutaisi, fully recommended.

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5.0/5

This is a "must-do"!!
We had an amazing trip. Giorgi is a fantastic guide and knows all about Georgian culture, history and the sights. All canyons, waterfalls and caves are really impressing. On the way back to Kutaisi Giorgi took us to one of the abandoned sanatoriums in Tskaltubo – truly a unique experience as well. Thank you Giorgi, we had a day we will never forget 😊. Can’t be recommended enough, this is 5 stars+++.
Great Tour
Giorgi is the perfect tour guide for this tour. I can only recommend it!
Great tour
We were lucky to book the tour with Giorgi! We learned a lot about the history of Georgia and visited a lot of impressive places. We totally can recommend this tour!!
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