Fortress-Towers

In wartimes, when misfortune befell the Georgian highlanders, it was in the fortified buildings or dwelling towers used for defensive purposes where the battle-hardened Khevsurs, who knew no rest from enemies, would find a secure refuge, relative peace and almost the only chance of preventing physical annihilation. Numbers of century-old fortress-towers are still seen standing proudly … Read more

Khevsureti

In the Eastern Caucasus, on the southern and northern slopes of the Main Caucasus Watershed live the Khevsuris – an ancient Georgian nationality of extremely peculiar fate and character, whose dramatic mode of life, distinctive traditions have always been the subject of scientific research and the source of inspiration for writers and poets. Even some sixty years ago in Khevsureti … Read more

Forest vegetation

Forests that are located on the banks of the rivers are composed of alder-trees (Alnus barbata, A. incana) and fused with willow trees (Salix exelsa, S.alba). In some places Black Poplar (Populus nigra) and White Poplar (Populus canescens) can be encountered. In the southern slopes oak forests are to be found dominated by the Georgian Oak (Quercus petraea subsp. iberica). … Read more