The village of Shatili is part of the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. Located at 1,400 meters above sea level at the north of the main ridge of the Tushet-Khevsureti, the village is laid out on a slope where houses stand next to each other, with almost no space in between, i.e the roof of the lower house is a yard of an upper dwelling. Shatili is a complex of such residential houses and castles. It’s one of the unique monuments of Georgian mountain architecture. Dozens of castle-like buildings with no space in between, form a single, protective wall and securely closes and protects the village from invasions. A narrow, stone staircase rises between the buildings. Some passageways still remain which, during the invasions, allowed inhabitants to pass through the whole village without going outside.

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