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Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

1. Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

At 8:00AM, your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel/place of residence in Tbilisi. From here you will drive to the Katskhi pillar. Stunning and mysterious, this 40-meter high natural limestone monolith towers over the gorge of the Karshuna River. On top of the pillar, there is a monastery and reconstructed 8th-century church most likely built by the Stylite. There is only one inhabitant, monk Maxime who has been living in the monastery for over 25 years in solitude and silence. You will then continue onward to Chiatura, an industrial town founded in the late 1800s. In Soviet Georgia, the town was a center of manganese mining. Present Chiatura attracts visitors who are interested in Soviet time left-overs and remnants. To grasp a true feeling of the past, you can ride a communism-era cable car still used by the locals as a means of transport. This transport system has a dozen operating ropeway lines for passengers and two cargo lines for transporting manganese. The total length of the cableway exceeds 6,000 meters. Located between steep valleys and deep gorges Chiatura will leave an unforgettable impression on anyone visiting this off-the-beaten-track Georgian destination. At the conclusion of your day, you will be driven back to Tbilisi before being dropped off at your hotel/place of residence.

Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

2. Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

See the other side of Georgia on this full–day trip to Chiatura. Take the alternative route away from the touristic places, leading into the region of Imereti, through Sachkhere, which is famous for its mines. Chiatura was once the world leader in manganese and the Soviets believed in the bright future of the industrial town - they created a large system of cable cars to connect the mine mountains with the residential areas. Even now, when most mines are closed and people are leaving the town, it holds the world record in the highest number of ropeways for public transportation. Take a ride in one of the so-called iron coffins, as the locals name the cable cars; see the abandoned houses, the splendid theater with a dedication to Stalin and the severe beauty of a hidden monastery in the cliff.

Tbilisi: The Concrete and Colossal Soviet Tour

3. Tbilisi: The Concrete and Colossal Soviet Tour

Discover the most striking examples of Socialist architecture, visit some fascinating museums off the touristic path and see how Soviet heritage is still a part of city´s infrastructure and modern life. Tbilisi still has a large number of Soviet buildings, residential and governmental, that are spread throughout the city, away from the touristic historical center. You will see some stunning examples of refurbished concrete giants, as well as decaying Brutalism, among them the former Ministry of Roads, the Skybridge houses, the Chronicle of Georgia monument and many more hidden gems. Two private museums, that are usually overseen by tourists, are waiting for you with their thrilling collections that make you feel like time-traveling. This tour is perfect for urbex lovers, photographers, modern history fans and anyone who wants to see a different, non-touristic part of Tbilisi.

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What people are saying about Katskhi Pillar

Overall rating

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based on 9 reviews

Chiatura was an incredible Soviet place. If you interested in seeing something different and step back into Soviet times this is the tour for you. Also see other things churches also. My driver/tour guide was great. Not afraid to get dirty and explore. Great day trip!

A slightly different sightseeing tour - but really highly recommended. Our guide Aleksi was great and brought the information across in an understandable and interesting way. Whenever possible, he responded to our interests.

This tour was everything I had hope for. The guide was dedicated and super knowledgeable, he made sure everything was amazing. This is definitely an amazing experience!

What an awesome place! I loved how it was still stuck in time. Giorgi was an awesome guide and it was a really fun experience!

We enjoyed our day, off the beaten path. Great information and interesting Soviet-era sites and monasteries