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Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Posted on June 24, 2012 by team


Svaneti is a historic province in Georgia, in the northwestern part of the country. It is inhabited by the Svans, a geographic subgroup of the Georgians. Geographically and historically, the province has been divided into two parts—Upper Svaneti and Lower Svaneti.

Upper Svaneti is known for its architectural treasures and picturesque landscapes. Dwelling towers built in the X-XII centuries are also very interesting. It also has ancient stone Orthodox churches. Upper Svaneti was enlisted as an object of UNESCO world heritage.

The Svans never conquered anyone and nobody tried to conquer them – they lived too high.

The Inguri river. 250 000 Georgian refugees were crossing this bridge when went from Abkhazia.

Rockslides are not rare here.

The rider is showing the way to the hotel

Mestia has a population of about 3 thousand people. It is 1440 m high above sea level. Those towers and stone houses are about one thousand years old.

Api Gigani conquered Everest in 1999. He was born here and knows everything about this region. Today he’s the director of the new Mestia airport.

Chvabiani village

Church of the XI century

Nearby is a small cemetery

Entrance to the church. All local churches are named after Christ. Gergia is the second country (after Armenia) that officially christianized in 326 AD.

Medieval frescos still remain in the church

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2 Responses to “Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land”

  1. YJ says:

    Those modern buildings are such a eye sore in this historical land.

  2. Mare says:

    just picturesque landscape, too bad this land and people had such tough history.

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