The fortified village, almost completely abandoned more than a century ago, hosts about 30 medieval towers set on vertical terraces above the Mutso-Ardoti canyons. Difficult to access, the village, which has kept its original architecture, is a popular destination for tourists and mountain hikers. Classified as one of Georgia's most threatened historical monuments, a rehabilitation project has been underway since 2014 with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection.
The Mutso restoration-rehabilitation project will be completed in 2018, declared the National Agency for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. The upper part of the village will be completely rehabilitated and the infrastructure will be built by the end of the year.
The last phase of the project will end with the rehabilitation of the towers and structures in the middle and lower parts of the medieval village. All ruined or damaged facades have been restored to their authentic form and appropriate thermal insulation has been applied to the roof structures. About 20 towers have been restored.
Agency representatives now expect the private sector to show interest in this complex in developing hotel and tourism activities in the village of Mutso.
...tells that the villagers loved the icon of the Archangel Broliskalo. Renowned for their qualities as warriors and hunters, the villagers were the guardians of the fabulous treasure offered to the Icon over the centuries. Legend says that the treasure is still hidden somewhere in the high mountains around Mutso and awaits the chosen one who will find it.