About Sights – Ushguli

Ushguli (Georgian: უშგული) is a small community of 4 villages located at the foot of Shkhara peak (Georgian: შხარა) in the central part of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. Shkhara is the highest point in Georgia and the villages of Ushguli are considered to the highest habitation in Europe.


The Ushguli villages contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti.


The stone defensive towers (often referred to as Svanetian towers) were erected mainly in the 9th-12th centuries and served as protection against invaders and raiders. The towers also protected families during the blood-feuds that often took place in these communities. Each tower is attached to a machubi,  a big two-storey house. The ground floor is a single hall with an open hearth and accommodation for both people and domestic animals.


How to get there? There is a road from Kutaisi (167 km). Otherwise a trip from Mestia is probably the easiest way to see Ushguli. The road from Mestia to Ushguli requires a 4WD vehicle with a journey time of about 2 to 3 hours. It is often blocked by snow in the winter months.


Georgia About recommends a visit to beautiful Ushguli!

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