Ushguli is a group of five small villages (Zhibiani, Chvibiani, Lamjurishi, Chazhashi and Murkmeli) located at the foot of Mt Shkhara and the mouth of the Enguri and Kvishiri rivers. At an altitude between 2060m and 2200m Ushguli is the highest permanently inhabited settlement in Europe. In Ushguli there are many of the characteristic Svanetian towers. The entire settlement consists of old houses built with stone walls. due to its isolation Ushguli has to a large extent preserved its old, medieval architecture. Ushguli is connected via a dirt track with Mestia. Currently a paved road is being built between Mestia and Ushguli.
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