Svaneti is a mountaineous region in northern Georgia, located in the Greater Caucasus range and bordering with Russia. It has an area of 5800 kmĀ² and a population of 23000 inhabitants. The region consists of valleys at 1000-3000m of altitude, separated by mountain ranges up to over 5000m high. Four of the ten highest peaks in the Causasus are located here, including Mt Shkhara (5201m), the highest mountain of Georgia. Svaneti is accessible via a paved road from Zugdidi or by plane (Vanilla Sky) from either Kutaisi or Tbilisi. The Svanetian towers are present in most towns. These are defensive towers built between the 9th and 13th centuries, 30-50m tall, characteristic for this region. The Upper Svaneti region has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1996.
01 Mestia airport 02 Vanilla Sky plane in Mestia airport 03 Towers in Mestia
04 Mestia 05 Mestia 06 Enguri river 07 Enguri river
08 Tower 09 Svan towers 10 Tower 11 Hotel Old House 12 Tower interior 13 Tower
14 Tower 15 Svan towers 16 Svan towers 17 Mestia
18 Mestia 19 Svan towers 20 Svan towers 21 Tower interior
22 Travel agency 23 Hotel Mestia 24 Town hall 01 Ushguli
02 Ushguli village 03 Svan towers 04 Road to Ushguli
05 Ushguli 06 Towers and house ruins 07 Ushguli
08 Svan towers 09 Svan towers 10 Ushgui 11 Koshi towers 12 Tower
13 Old woman 14 Stone walls 15 House ruins 16 Rooster 17 Svan towers
18 Hotel Chazhashi 19 Ushguli 20 Ushguli 21 Ruins 22 Tower
23 Ushguli 24 Ushguli 25 Old house 26 Alley 27 Tower
28 Cafe and chairs 29 Chair 30 Shkhara guesthouse 31 Tower 32 Tower 33 Svan towers
34 Old house 35 Path 36 Old house 37 Tower 38 Tower
39 Church 01 Svaneti mountains 02 Svaneti mountains 03 Svaneti mountains
04 Caucasus mountain range 05 Caucasus mountains 06 Caucasus mountain range 07 Mt Tetnuldi
08 Mt Ushba 09 Svaneti mountains 10 Mt Tetnuldi
11 Caucasus mountains 12 Snow covered mountain 13 Glacier 14 Snow covered mountains
15 Glacier 16 Svaneti mountains 17 Svaneti valley 18 Snow fields
19 Mt Shkhara 20 Mt Shkhara 21 Mt Shkhara
22 Mt Shkhara 23 Enguri valley 24 Svaneti valley
25 Caucasus mountains 26 Snow covered mountains 01 Svaneti valley 02 Aerial view
03 Cliffs 04 Road to Ushguli 05 Plants 06 Mineral spring
07 Houses and towers 08 Meadow and forest 09 Forest 10 Forest 11 Wooden bridge
12 Flat tyre 13 Road to Ushguli 14 Roadworks site 15 Roadworks site
16 Svaneti valley 17 Minivan on road to Zugdidi 18 Svaneti road to Zugdidi 19 Svaneti road to Zugdidi
20 Svaneti road to Zugdidi
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