At the morning I left Mestia for Ushguli at 9:00 pm. The distance from Mestia to Ushguli is 36km, 45 minutes.
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.
I climbed the Tower of Love and looked around the green for a while.
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.
Ushguli is a community of villages located at the head of the Enguri gorge in Upper Svaneti.
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 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 was built in the 9-10th century. Local residents believe that it was under this church that Queen Tamara was buried.
The Ushguli Museum is bigger than other towers, exhibits some icons, crosses, local handiworks and old farming implements. Unfortunately photography is prohibited inside.
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.