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Ushguli

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Churches · History Museums · Scenic Walking Areas
Ushguli is a community of four villages located at the head of the Enguri gorge in Svaneti, Georgia. Recognized as the Upper Svaneti UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ushguli is one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Asia Minor. Compared to somewhat more developed towns like Mestia, Ushguli has been "saved" by its particularly inaccessible location, which helped preserve the villages' timeless feel.Location and featuresUshguli is located at an altitude of 2100m near the foot of Shkhara, one of the highest summits of the Greater Caucasus mountains. About 70 families (about 200 people) live in the area, enough to support a small school. The area is snow-covered for 6 months of the year, and often the road to Mestia is impassable.Typical Svaneti defensive towers are found throughout the village. The Ushguli Chapel located on a hilltop near the village dates back to the 12th century.The Mikhail Kalatozov silent film documentary Salt for Svanetia was filmed in Ushguli.Constituent villages of Ushguli Zhibiani some 2100m above sea level; Chvibiani or Chubiani ; Chazhashi or Chajashi ; Murqmeli .
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