Svaneti 2016-12-04T17:27:38+00:00

Svaneti is the most highland and remote region of Georgia. According to administrative division of Georgia, upper Svaneti belongs to Samegrelo – Zemo Svaneti region, and lower Svaneti to Racha – Lechkhumi – Kvemo Svaneti region. But whole Svaneti is so specific, with it’s very authentic culture, traditions, own language, that is would be more correct to discuss Svaneti separately. Region is divided into two main parts – Upper Svaneti and Lower Svaneti.

Upper Svaneti

Upper Svaneti – according to modern administrative division, is Mestia municipality.

Lower Svaneti

History and culture

Places to visit

Villages

  • Mestia
  • Lentekhi
  • Latali
  • Becho
  • Tskhumari
  • Etseri
  • Mulakhi
  • Ipari
  • Tsvirmi
  • Adishi
  • Kala
  • Ushguli
  • Zeskho

Churches

  • St. Mary church in Ushguli
  • Archangel church in Kala
  • St. Barbara church in Kala
  • St. Kvirike and Ivlita church in Kala
  • St. George church in Adishi
  • St. George church in Ipari
  • Savior’s church in Tsvirmi
  • Kaldani family church in Mulakhi
  • Transfiguration church in Mestia
  • St. George church in Mestia
  • St. Marry church in Mestia
  • Jonah the prophet’s  church in Latali
  • Savior’s church in Latali
  • Tangili Archangel’s church in Latali
  • St. George’s church in Latali
  • Mkheri church in Latali
  • Savior’s church in Lenjeri
  • Archangel’s church in Lenjeri

Fortification and old houses

  • Dadeshkeliani’s tower in Etseri
  • Towers of Latali
  • Towers of Lenjeri
  • Towers of Mestia
  • Towers of Mulakhi
  • Village Lakhiri
  • Margiani’s family house
  • Kaldani’s living complex in Mulakhi
  • Ipari towers
  • “Tower of love” in Ipari
  • Kala towers
  • Village Khalde
  • Adishi towers
  • Ushguli towers
  • Queen Tamar’s fortress in Ushguli
  • Nijaradze’s towers in Ushguli

Museums

  • Lentekhi museum
  • Mestia museum of history and ethnography
  • Mestia – Margiani’s museum
  • Mestia – Mikhael Khergiani’s museum
  • Mestia – Boris Kakhiani’s museum
  • Ushguli history museum
  • Ushguli – Charkseliani family ethnographic museum
  • Ushguli – Nijaradze family museum
  • Latali – Guram Tikanadze museum

Natural monuments

  • Chalaadi glacier
  • Mountain Tetnuldi
  • Mountain Ushba
  • Ushba glacier
  • Shdugra waterfalls
  • Tetnuldi glacier
  • Koruldi lakes
  • Guli pass
  • Laila mountain
  • Ice grottos in Tskhumari
  • Mountain Banguriani
  • Zuruldi mountain
  • Heshkili
  • Ugviri pass
  • Enguri gorge
  • Shkhara glacier
  • Shkhara mountain

Transport

Where to stay

Tours