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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