Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

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.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

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

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Rockslides are not rare here.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

The rider is showing the way to the hotel

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

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.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

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.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Chvabiani village

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Church of the XI century

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Nearby is a small cemetery

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

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

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Medieval frescos still remain in the church

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

It seems nothing has changed since the XI century here. The feeling of the history touch is so strong that your heart almost stops beating… It’s kind of incredible that in this place with pigs, careless pasturing goats, is the church of the times of Jerusalem seizure by the crusaders. And it’s not the only one of such kind here.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Georgian old woman

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Such fortresses stand at almost every house. Perfect protection for a family. In case of any danger a family could go on top, a ladder was removed and a door was closed.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Bank car

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Underground passage between two towers. In 1921, when communists got here they started to destroy the churches. Here people were hiding church utensils, ancient icons.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Inside the temple is a safe where the local family keeps especially valuable icons, one of them is allegedly of the VI century.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Pure gold Christ image

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

This old entrance to the temple is not used anymore. The cross to the right, near the chain, started to shed holy ointment 7 years ago.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

The Watch tower on the left was ruined by a lightning.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Local family

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Agriculture helps to survive. They sell meat, cheese, corn.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Mestia is a huge construction site today. People hope to get money from tourism, they build hotels, beautify the territory.

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Courthouse designed by Jurgen Mayer

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Hotel being built

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Monument to a Gerogian tsarina Tamara

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Jurgen Mayer’s police and city hall buildings

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Carbonated water Narzan

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Airport named after tsarina Tamara (project of Jurgen Mayer) in Mestia

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Inside

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

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