About Attraction

Khevsureti is a historical-ethnographic province, located in northeastern Georgia, on the slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Nowadays, Khevsureti is part of Dusheti Municipality, Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. Causacus Mountains divide Khevsureti into two parts – Pirikita and Piraketa Khevsureti. The largest villages of Khevsureti are Barisakho and Shatili.

Khevsureti is one of the most isolated and remote mountainous provinces in Georgia. Like other people living in the similar remote areas, local Khevsurs have kept their traditions. Despite the fact Georgian highlander communities were converted to Christianity long time ago, Khevsurs still maintain their pre-Christian cults, following sort of a unique mixture of Christian and pagan beliefs.

Shatili is a historic highland village located at an elevation of 1400 meters above sea level, near the border with Chechnya. It is situated in Pirikita Khevsureti, on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. A unique complex of medieval fortresses and fortified dwellings have been part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2007. The towers are made of stone and were used for protection and living. During the winter, Shatili cannot be accessed by the car road because of the heavy snow.

Another historical village in Khevsureti is Mutso, situated at 1880 meters above sea level. It is a fortified settlement, which used to control the northern roads and border for a long time. The place was inhabited from the 10th century, but it has been abandoned since the middle of the 20th century because of the harsh climate and the lack of arable land.

There are 30 medieval fortified dwellings and four combat towers standing on the vertical terraces above the Mutso-Ardoti gorge.

One of the routes going to Abudelauri Lakes starts from village Roshka, which is located in Khevsureti.