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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Daria Kholodilina (14 months ago)
Worth climbing! And if you manage to get into the ethnographic corner, you are very lucky
Michał Wypych (2 years ago)
Beautiful medieval fortress.
Davide Chiaramonte (2 years ago)
Keselo is just a piece of a dream you are lost in. Rock towers that have see the slow flowing of centuries scattered among beautiful mountains, somewhere left back by the fantasy of a magician.
Omar Jabri (2 years ago)
An old fortress above the town of omalo. Free to visit and close by, so a must visit. You can peer inside some of the towers and get a feel for their true size. Great view from the hill. A good place to watch the sunset.
Miroslav Kiradzhiyski (2 years ago)
Really beautiful fortress deep in the Tusheti region. Gorgeous scenery in every direction.
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