Pictures & Images of Historic Svaneti Tower Houses, Ushguli, Upper Svaneti, Georgia, Europe { 120 images } Created 15 Dec 2018

Pictures photos images of the remote Svan village of Ushguli and its historic Svaneti tower houses, Upper Svanti, Georgia. Ushguli is the collective name for four remote villages at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains on the Russian Border in Northern Georgia. Ushguli is the highest permanently inhabited settlement in Europe at an altitude of 2,100 metres (6,900 ft). It is joined to the rest of the world by a track in and a track out both of which are really only suitable for 4x4 vehicles in summer and both of which are impassable due to snow for 7 months of the year. It is hard for present day tourists to imagine how people live in Ushguli, especially when cut off from the rest of the world for over half the year. Ushguli gives us some idea of how remote medieval communities organised themselves. The remote locations meant that the people of Ushguli were vulnerable from attack and could not look for help from local law enforcers. To protect themselves each family build a defensive stone tower, known as Svaneti tower houses, into which they could retreat in times of danger. Attacks usually came from neighbouring villages who raided for cattle and plunder. The constant fear of attack made an already hard existence into an even harder one but this was typical of medieval life. Ushguli is situated at the foot of mount Shkhara, at 5,068 m (16,627 ft) it is one of the highest summits in the central part of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. The ridge of Shkhara is known as the Bezingi (or Bezengi) Wall, and is 12-kilometre-long (7.5 mi) long. One of the great iconic views of Georgia are the Svaneti tower houses and the tiny church of St George set against the permanently snow covered slopes of mount Shkhara. Download Pictures & images of the remote Svan village of Ushguli and its historic Svaneti tower houses, Upper Svanti, or buy as photo art prints on line.

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