Ushguli in Upper Svaneti, Georgia

At the morning I left Mestia for Ushguli at 9:00 pm. The distance from Mestia to Ushguli is 36km, 45 minutes.

On the way to Ushguli from Mestia

On the way to Ushguli from Mestia

Tower of Love in Village Kala

Tower of Love in Village Kala

According to the legend, long ago, there were a young man and a woman who lived in upper and lower village on the Enguri river fell in love. As the both villagers did not consent to their marriage. They made their house (this tower) on this river bank between the villages and lived. The residents of this village, Bogreshi village-Iphari Community, are their descendant now.

Scenery from Tower of Love

Scenery from Tower of Love

I climbed the Tower of Love and looked around the green for a while.

St barnabas church Khe 

St. barnabas church in Kala village

Kala is an extremely small village with several poor houses. But they have this church and the graveyard. The light burnt on the altar and some icons were there.

The interior of the St. Barnaba's church

The interior of the St. Barnaba’s church

Ushguli is a community of villages located at the head of the Enguri gorge in Upper Svaneti.

Upper Ushguli

Upper Ushguli

Lower Ushguli, the couple were from Poland.

Lower Ushguli, the couple were from Poland.

The Ushguli community contains 4 villages: Chvibiani, Murkmeli, Jibiani and  Chajashi. 70 householders (200 people) live in these villages. These villages  are 2060m-2200m above sea level and they are considered as the highest  populated places in Europe. These villages are situated in the gorge of Enguri.  Although the nearest community – Kala is located only in 7 km from these  villages, it is still very difficult to get there in Winter.

Ushguli Village,

Ushguli Village, I hardly saw villagers.

In the Ushguli village

In the Ushguli village

Ushguli can be translated as “fearless heart”. It refers to the history of their ancestors, who always kept their independence from any royals or dukes. One of the lords, who wanted to invade  Svanetian community, was killed here by the people of Ushguli.

Ushguli La Maria Church

Ushguli La Maria Church

Ushguli La Maria Church was built in the 9-10th century. Local residents believe that it was under this church that Queen Tamara was buried.

The altar of the Ta Mria church

The altar of Lamaria church

 Ushguli Museum

Ushguli Museum

Entrance of  Ushguli Museum

Entrance of Ushguli Museum

The Ushguli Museum is bigger than other towers, exhibits some icons, crosses, local handiworks and old farming implements. Unfortunately photography is prohibited inside.

Shkhara, the highest point of Georgia

Shkhara, the highest point of Georgia

The highest mountain peak of Georgia called Shkhara (5,200m) which is risen up in the north of the country.

Ushguli is enrolled in the world’s list of the monuments of UNESCO.

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    • Hired 4WD at Zugdidi and went to Mestia, then Usiguli Village. The course was hard to go partially because of the landslide by heavy rain. From Zugdidi to Mestia, it was approximately two hours and it took 45 minutes from Mestia to Usiguli. Thanks.

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