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A boy peeks through a fence in the village of Ushguli in Svaneti, Georgia, part of a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located at an altitude of 2,100 meters near the foot of Shkhara, one of the highest summits of the Greater Caucasus mountains, Ushguli is one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe. It is home to 70 families and covered in snow for 6 months of the year. Often the road to Mestia is impassable. Ushguli shares the Svaneti region traditional koshki, defensive stone structures built from the 9th century onward and is known for it's architectural treasures and picturesque landscapes.
From Georgia of the Caucasus