Founding of the Church of St George

The Founding of the Church of the Great Martyr George in Georgia: Georgia was enlightened with the Christian faith by the holy Equal of the Apostles Nino (January 14), a kinswoman of the holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer (April 23). Therefore, Georgia has special veneration for St George as its patron saint.

The name Georgia is derived from George (this name is preserved now in many languages of the world). St Nino established a feastday in his honor. It is celebrated in Georgia on November 10, in remembrance of the sufferings of St George. In 1891, near the village of Kakha in the Zakatalsk region of the Caucasus, a new church in place of the old was built in honor of the holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer, and many of the heterodox Bogomils came in droves to it.