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Pictures of the Georgian Orthodox Lamaria Monastery and St George Church “JGRag” with mount Shkhara (5193m) behind, Ushguli, Upper Svaneti, Georgia, photo by Paul E Williams. The small 11th cent Lamaria Monastery is still in operation and comprises a house, Svan tower and the small church of St Georg Jgrag surrounded by wall. This is the highest point to the Ushguli villages and faces the snow covered peaks of the high Caucasus.

The remote valleys running from the coast up into the high Caucasus mountains in North West Georgia are the traditional homelands of the Svan peoples. Until recently Upper Svaneti nestling below peaks up to 5,201 meters (17,059 feet), the highest in Europe, were only accessible by mountain paths and tracks. Today a rough road allows 4x4 access but the area is closed off to the outside world for 4 months by winter snows. Ushguli is formed by 4 villages with Shibiani at an altitude of 2,200 meters being one of the highest villages in Europe. The Lamaria Monastery is situated overlooking Shibiani.

In such remote parts of the world people had to take defensive measures to protect their homes against gangs of bandits so each house was built with a defensive Svan tower. The average height of the Svan towers is 20-25 meters with 4 or five storeys. At ground level the towers have 1.5 meter thich walls without access doors or windows. The tower is accessed via a door on the first floor using narrow wood stairs. Inside wooden ladders lead up to the top of the tower that has embrasures, openings, in overhanging battlements through which arrows could be fired on any attackers below. The Svan towers were used as residential towers as well a buildings to seek refuge during time of attack. The inaccessibility of Svaneti has given the area a history of independence for Georgia and the rest of the world. The Mongols never tried to take Svaneti and the area was ruled by independent princes and it wan’t until 1875 that Russia too advantage of a dyna
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Pictures of the Georgian Orthodox Lamaria Monastery and St George Church “JGRag” with mount Shkhara (5193m) behind, Ushguli, Upper Svaneti, Georgia, photo by Paul E Williams. The small 11th cent Lamaria Monastery is still in operation and comprises a house, Svan tower and the small church of St Georg Jgrag surrounded by wall. This is the highest point to the Ushguli villages and faces the snow covered peaks of the high Caucasus. <br />
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The remote valleys running from the coast up into the high Caucasus mountains in North West Georgia are the traditional homelands of the Svan peoples. Until recently Upper Svaneti nestling below peaks up to 5,201 meters (17,059 feet), the highest in Europe, were only accessible by mountain paths and tracks. Today a rough road allows 4x4 access but the area is closed off to the outside world for 4 months by winter snows. Ushguli is formed by 4 villages with Shibiani  at an altitude of 2,200 meters being one of the highest villages in Europe. The Lamaria Monastery is situated overlooking Shibiani. <br />
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In such remote parts of the world people had to take defensive measures to protect their homes against gangs of bandits so each house was built with a defensive Svan tower. The average height of the Svan towers is 20-25 meters with 4 or five storeys. At ground level the towers have 1.5 meter thich walls without access doors or windows. The tower is accessed via a door on the first floor using narrow wood stairs. Inside wooden ladders lead up to the top of the tower that has embrasures, openings, in overhanging battlements through which arrows could be fired on any attackers below. The Svan towers were used as residential towers as well a buildings to seek refuge during time of attack. The inaccessibility of Svaneti has given the area a history of independence for Georgia and the rest of the world. The Mongols never tried to take Svaneti and the area was ruled by independent princes and it wan’t until 1875 that Russia too advantage of a dyna