About Development – Dartlo Village Restoration

Dartlo Village in Tusheti

Historic Dartlo village – located in Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) in north-eastern Georgia – is the focus of new restoration work that will repair many of the buildings in the village and restore traditional features, such as slate roofs. The restoration of 28 houses within the current stage is set to be completed later this year. … Continue reading

About Tourism – Hotel Dartlo in Tusheti

The Hotel Dartlo in the village of Dartlo.

The family run “Hotel Dartlo” is located in the heritage village of Dartlo in the historic region of Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) in northeastern Georgia. Built of stone in traditional Tush style, the hotel’s accommodation consists of 12 standard rooms and 1 luxury room. The hotel occupies the highest place in the village and has wonderful views of the village and … Continue reading

About Architecture – Vernacular Architecture of Tusheti

Traditional Tushetian balconied house (“Karseani”).

Located on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) is famous for its fortress-houses and fortified towers. Its vernacular architecture is based on local needs and construction materials and traditional dwellings were largely built using dry construction methods with stone walls and roofs made from large natural slates. Timber work was … Continue reading

About Sights – The Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Tushetian Stone Carving Exhibits in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

The Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo is located in a 3-storey fortified tower in the village of Keselo in the district of Upper Omalo in Akhmeta municipality (Georgian: ახმეტის მუნიციპალიტეტი) in Kakheti region. The museum contains part of the ethnographic collection of the Akhmeta Local Museum. The museum contains traditional household items, agricultural tools, and … Continue reading

About Sights – Tushetoba Festival

Tushetoba Festival

“Tushetoba” (Georgian: თუშეთობა) is a festival held every summer in Tusheti National Park. The festival celebrates Tushetian cultural heritage and is traditionally opened with horse racing. A flag and a sheep is awarded to the winner. The horse race is always hotly contested! Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) is an isolated mountainous region in the north east of Georgia … Continue reading

About Architecture – Restoration of Dartlo Village

Dartlo Village after Restoration

Earlier this year the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia (MDF) launched a project to restore the vernacular architecture of the medieval village of Dartlo village in Tusheti. The initiative is part of a larger project, called “Kakheti Regional Development Project” that is developing tourism in Kakheti. Dartlo village is one of the most beautiful villages in Tusheti. Situated … Continue reading

About Culture – Atengenoba Festival

Khati

Around 100 days after Easter an ancient festival called “Atengenoba” (Georgian: ათენგენობა) takes place in villages in Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი), an isolated mountainous region in the north east of Georgia where life has remained largely unchanged for centuries. Although the Tush are Christian, their culture has retained elements of Georgia’s pre-Christian beliefs and pagan practices still persist. Each village … Continue reading