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Mestia Developing Infrastructure to Attract more Tourists

Published: September 13, 2011 | 10:16 am
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Today a new Georgian brand – The House of Justice was open along with other new offices in Mestia – a new tourist direction in the remote region of Svaneti, Georgia.

After Batumi and Rustavi, the residents of Mestia are now able to enjoy the one office service of the House of Justice in Svaneti.

Diplomatic corps, Georgian authorities and the representatives of the international organizations attended the official ceremony in Mestia.

The building was projected by an Italian architect. The presentation will be followed by a music show and fireworks.

This is the third House of Justice in Georgia.

A new police office and a Hostel were also opened in Mesta today.

Mestia  is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1,500 meters in the Caucasus Mountains.

According to the current administrative subdivision of Georgia, Mestia is located in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (mkhare), some 128 km northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi. Mestia and the adjoining 132 villages form Mestia District (raioni). Its area is 3,044 km²; population – 14,248 (2,600 in the town itself; 2002 Georgia census). The population is mostly Svans, a cultural and linguistic subgroup of the Georgians.

Historically and ethnographically, Mestia has always been regarded a chief community of Zemo, or Upper Svaneti province. It was formerly known as Seti (სეთი). Despite its small size, the townlet was an important centre of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments – churches and forts – included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 1968, it was granted a status of a townlet.

The townlet is dominated by stone defensive towers of a type seen in Ushguli (“Svan towers”). A typical Svan fortified dwelling consisted of a tower, an adjacent house (machub) and some other household structures encircled by a defensive wall.

Unique icons and manuscripts are kept in Mestia Historical-Ethnographic Museum. Mestia is also a center of mountaineer tourism and alpinism.


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