Gori (Georgian: გორი ) is a city in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia most famous for being the birthplace of Joseph Vissarionovich Jughashvili, better known as Stalin. Today, surprisingly, it does not look much different from when Stalin ruled the USSR. Gori is also located a short drive from Uplistsikhe, an ancient Silk Road cave city and former regional centre of pagan worship.
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 Russo–Georgian War. Gori is also known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, ballistic missile designer Alexander Nadiradze and philosopher Merab Mamardashvili. Gori is located 86 kilometers (53 mi) west of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Greater Liakhvi, 588 meters (1,929 ft) above sea level. The climate is humid continental, transitional from moderately warm steppe to moderately humid. Summer is usually hot. The average annual temperature is 10. 6 °C (51. 1 °F), minimal in January (−1. 0 °C or 30. 2 °F) and maximal in July and August (21. 4 °C or 70. 5 °F). The maximum precipitation falls in May (76 mm or 3. 0 in) and minimum in February (34 mm or 1. 3 in). Precipitation here averages 603 mm.