Time: 2-3 hours
Price: 145 EUR
We will visit 3 of the most interesting medieval churches located near Mestia, in Lenjeri and Latali. Architecture and frescoes of 10th-14th centuries, ancient ikons by local artisits, and an insight into the traditions and beliefs of the Svans.
Latali is one of the most interesting communities of Upper Svaneti. Geographically it marks the beginning of Independent Svaneti – the land of self-governed communities that never knew any feudal rule. Its reputation for wealth and high culture is confirmed by over 60 stone churches built and lavishly decorated by the families inhabiting the community. Most churches date back to the 9th – 14th centuries. Many of them are beautifully painted and adorned with local silverwork ikons. We have included 2 of the most famous churches: Saviour’s of Matskhvarishi and St. Jonah’s.
In Lenjeri we will admire the magnificent terraced ensemble of Svan towers descending to the river, and visit St George’s church with facade frescoes and interior wall painting for an example of a “familial church”, typical to the Svan tradition.