National Geographic : 1942 Jul
Vittorio Sella Stone Refuge Towers, with Windowless Houses Snuggling at Their Bases, Overlook All Approaches tothe Svanetian Town of Gebi Relics of a vanished lawless era are these square, loopholed columns found in many villages near the crest of the Caucasus Mountains. Many arebuilt ofgranite blocks. Nearly all are whitewashed. When invaders took a community by assault, the surviving inhabitants would flee tothe towers and defend themselves tothelast.