Rainbow over Mestia in Svaneti, Georgia

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The characteristic landscape of Upper Svaneti is formed by small villages, dominated by their church towers and situated on the mountain slopes, with a natural environment of gorges and alpine valleys and a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. The most notable feature of the settlements is the abundance of towers, especially in Mestia and the frontier villages, such as Ushguli.

 

Used originally for defense, many of these towers date back to the 12th century.

 

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Taken on September 19, 2010