Keselo Fortress - a Prominent Example of Tusheti’s Architecture

Keselo Fortress - a Prominent Example of Tusheti’s Architecture

In Tusheti, north of the village of Omalo, in the historical district of Keselo, a fortress built on a rocky hill dates back to the 18th century. Keselo Fortress, Tusheti architecture in general, is an organic part of the Tusheti environment, which is distinguished with rare beauty and reflects the difficult and battle-filled historical past of this region.

Keselo Fortress - History and Structure

Centuries ago, this monument, located 2100 meters above sea level, served a special purpose. During wartime, the locals took refuge here with their families and fought against the enemy. 

The fortress’s construction comprises dry piles of flat slate, while its complex once consisted of 12 towers, of which only three and some fragments of the wall have survived.

Today, the fortress is being actively restored and, crucially, during the restoration, the construction technology used in the Middle Ages is retained, with the towers rebuilt using dry piles of slate stone.

So far, seven towers have been restored at Keselo, with a museum having been opened in one of them, where you can see collections of archaeological and ethnographic objects, which tell many interesting stories about the lives of the local people and Tusheti in general.

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