Sunday, July 19, 2009

Georgia Caucasus-Shatili 1st June 2009

6th to 12th century towers of Shatili, largely abandoned in the 1950s, painted by a local artist.

Pagan symbols? Please send me more information.

A recently renovated tower for tourists. Comfortable, romantic, affordable and you should book.

The sacred burial ground. No women allowed.

Flowers of Shatili

Hyoscyamus niger Henbane (poisonous)

Cynaoglossum officinale Hounds-Tongue

The new village built by Shevardnadze in 1950s (beautiful socialist architecture).

And on the other side of the road their byres and bee hives.

A large ferocious Caucasian dog. They guard flocks and homesteads and if a snarling, barking pack bounds towards you are so glad when the owner calls them off. This one guards the whole village but we played together. They don't always like being nasty.

Ref 'Georgia Brandt Travel Guide' by Tim Burford

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures and interesting text. Thanks for all. We shall arrive in Tbilisi on July 5th. We sent a lot of mails to possible travel agencies, read guide books, but until now could not get any reasonable answer to our question : How to reach Shatili if we do not want to drive a rented car. How did you do ?
Thanks for your help
Daniel :

9:53 am  
Blogger Johnthebarman said...

It is an attractive walk from Barisako. I did get a lift and that was first car through after the winter's snow. You can walk but you will probably be offered a lift. I would love to continue from Shatili on the path to Tusheti. Please keep in touch. Regards John the Barman

8:41 am  
Blogger Johnthebarman said...

I should have said.
Get a bus from Tblisi to Barisako.
Find Ticket Office at bus station and ask.The buses are not every day.

8:43 am  

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