Not far from the Soviet mining town of Chiatura, in the village of Katskhi, this monument is impossible to miss.
The 40-meter-high rock formation has two churches on top of it which are operational and can be entered.
The most exciting part is the climb to the top. If you fear heights this part is not for you, however if you are open to adventures, you will be happy to learn that you must climb up the rock on a ladder which is enclosed.
Nearby places to visit:
- Chiatura – Unchanged for years now, it is even referred to as a ghost city (although still inhabited), however this is precisely what makes it so interesting to discover. This is the place to go if you are interested in seeing old Soviet architecture and monuments. It is a truly a trip into the past.
- Chiatura Cableways – It might seem like it now, but not too long ago Chiatura was a vibrant mining town. The ropeways were put up to connect each corner of the town to the mines at the top of the cliffs. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union the city slowly started to fade away. Even today, Chiatura is the only city in the world to use so many cable cars as public transport. While they are not as productive as years ago, manganese and coal mining are still being carried out and the production process can be seen by the public.
- Bagrati Cathedral/ Prometheus Cave – A visit to Katskhi and Chiatura often means an overnight stay in Kutaisi. The top two places to visit in this large inland city are the Bagrati Cathedral and Prometheus Cave, which can both be accomplished in one day.
The Best Time to Visit: May to October.
How to get to Katskhi Pillar:
- Bus or a marshrukta (minibus) to Chiatura from Tbilisi (both leave from Didube Station), which takes around 3.5 hours, take a taxi to the monument.
You should not plan on staying in the area since there are no hotels. The two best options are returning to Tbilisi or going to Kutaisi for the night.