Svaneti in detail


During the many invasions of Georgia over the centuries, icons and other religious valuables were brought to this isolated region for safekeeping, and a significant number remain in private homes today. The collection of religious art and artifacts at the Svaneti History & Ethnography Museum in Mestia is nothing short of jaw-dropping, but many tiny village churches boast frescoes that are as much as a thousand years old, and so it's always a good idea to ask locals if it's possible to visit their churches, which tend to be locked most of the time.