Mestia

Mestia, the main regional center of Zemo (Upper) Svaneti, is situated 456 km from Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, and is 1,500 meters above sea level. It is the starting point for most trips to Svaneti, with a range of hotels, guesthouses and local travel services, and makes a convenient base for exploring the area. From the center of Mestia it is possible to hike up to the glaciers at the foot of mount Ushba, or take horses into the pristine alpine meadows. New ski resorts Hatsvali and Tetnuldi attract the attention of winter sports lovers who are looking for the new places and challenges.

Tourists interested in religious history will find plenty of examples of wall paintings, frescoes and icons from the Middle Ages in the churches around Mestia. Within Mestia, the Church of Saint George contains well-preserved crosses and icons from the XII century. Additionally, Pusdi Church still contains fragments of XIII century wall paintings.

Sights

  • Svaneti Historic and Ethnography Museum

    The museum was founded in 1936 and houses historic artifacts from the Svaneti region, including uniq...

  • Museum of Michael Khergiani

    The ground floor of the museum houses personal items of the famous alpinist - Merited Master of Spor...

  • Transfiguration Cathedral in Laghami

    is located in Laghami - the oldest part of the town of Mestia. The first floor of the two-story basi...

  • Ski lift and the view from Zuruldi

    About 8 km from Mestia, you will arrive in Hatsvali, where a 1.5 kilometer long ropeway will take yo...

  • Chalaadi Glacier

    The glacier is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, at the source of the river...

  • Ushguli

    Ushguli is located in the municipality of Mestia, at the bottom of mountain Shkhara, near the conflu...

  • Kala

    Located in the Municipality of Mestia, Kala includes 8 villages: Agra, Ipari, Lalkhori, Davberi, Khe...

  • Adishi

    Within the vicinity of the village Adishi, you can find numerous monuments of medieval Georgian art:...

  • Ipari-Nakipari Church of St. George

    The eastern facade of the chapel features depictions of animals. The interior of the church was pain...

  • Church of Christ

    Located in the village of Latali, the local people refer to it as “matskhvarishi.” Constructed in th...

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