Idea #504 – Visiting the Georgian city of Gori and Stalin’s native house
Gori is an industrial city situated in Georgia, in the region of internal Kartlie. The city was founded at the end of the XIth century by David the Constructor, one of the great kings of Georgia. Its population amounts to 60 000 inhabitants. The old town was destroyed largely during an earthquake in 1920. The city is dominated by the medieval fortress of Goristsikhe. In spite of the declarations of the European journalists, the Russian intervention during the second South Ossetia War in 2008 generated only few damages, in a city in the rather thankless town planning and the architecture.
In 1878, Gori saw being born Joseph Vissarionovitch Djougachvili, says Stalin. Once in the power, the latter will never put back feet in his home town, which still considers him as a local hero. The Stalin museum, which takes a seat on the place planned for its mausoleum, presents the life of the dictator, under a nostalgic angle, through objects, media, its death mask, his office, its native house and its armored coach.
Wherie is it?