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Old March 29th, 2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Svanetia, Georgia

Here is something about a region that I don't think anyone has posted on this board before.

Svanetia is an obscure region of Georgia inhabitted by the Svan people. The Georgians say the Svans are an ethnographic group of Georgians, but the languages split about 4000 years ago so they are at least as different from each other as, say, the English are from the Swedes.

The thing that makes this region so interesting is the fact that it is so remarkably untouched by external influence, both linguistically and culturally. Due to its remoteness and high peaks (if you count it as part of Europe, then it is the highest inhabitted region of Europe), no one has ever conquered it, not even the Mongol empire. So there are no Persian or Mongol or Turkish or Russian or any other kind of influence on this region or people, which has resulted in some unique type of architecture that I don't think you could see anywhere else in the world. Svans have been Christian since around 300 AD but paganism is still practiced.

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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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Video about Ushguli, the highest village in Europe:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RuQKCeclzRg
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 10:49 PM   #3
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Hmm look at that towers...the caucasian old architecture is definetely an unknown wonder...
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