Keselo Castle Ruins

Omalo, Georgia

Keselo is a small medieval fortress just above the village of Omalo. The site is surrounded by the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. It is bordered in the north by Republic of Chechnya and Dagestan, in the east by the Georgian historic provinces Kakheti and Pshav-Khevsureti to the south.

Traditionally Tush peoples abandoned their villages and used towers as temporary shelters during raids on their villages. Keselo was constructed during the Mongol invasion of Georgia in 1230s. It originally had 13 towers. The inhabitants of old Omalo used the towers to protect themselves from the invading Mongols and later raids by Daghestani tribes.

By the 20th century, most of the towers were in ruins. However, in 2003, work began to rebuild five towers of the medieval fortress. The project was privately sponsored by Henk and Eliane Hooft, a Dutch family living in Georgia and later by the Keselo Foundation. The restoration was done in accordance with the medieval Tush techniques of constructing fortified towers. A monument was also erected in the nearby village of Dartlo and a tower in Khiso, on the road to Omalo, was also rebuilt. During the work, an array of archaeological artefacts, such as ancient rock art motifs and Bronze Age axes and jewellery, were discovered.

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Founded: 1230s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Georgia

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Olga Potaptseva (12 months ago)
A must see in Tusheti and very easy to reach from Omalo. One of the best preserved fortresses in Tusheti
Adventurer Inside (12 months ago)
Fantastic scenery, superb fresh air. Ideal for hiking, camping and meditation
Jack Demonsol (13 months ago)
Amazing place in georgia
Raimund Andree (14 months ago)
It is hard to find the right words to describe this place. Maybe pictures do the job better. You should visit it multiple times and at different times. Lightning makes a big difference
lasha barbakadze (2 years ago)
difficult road but worth getting there
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