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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Georgia About recommends a visit to beautiful Ushguli!

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One Response to “About Sights – Ushguli”
  1. Yu Chien Fang says:

    Visited Ushguli in Nov 2018. It is indeed a charming old town with beautiful architecture. However, as my husband and I walked further into the villages, we saw so many stray dogs in bad condition who are famished. The locals pay no attention to the poor stray dogs. We rummaged our car for food to share with the dogs but food was scarcely insufficient. Shops and markets were not opened, presumably because it was the off-peak tourist season, so we had no choice but to leave the dogs who were still so hungry. They whined and cried as we leave… it was heart breaking. Tourists touring Ushguli, we urged that you bring along dog food or at least bread (loaves of bread) to help hungry strays. Small act of kindness go a long way to warm the little souls.

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