TASC (Transnational Database and Atlas of Saints Cults)

  Introduction to the TASC coverage of Georgia


Georgian churches and their devotional furnishings

TASC homepage

This site is maintained by Dr Graham Jones, St John's College Research Centre, University of Oxford, and the TASC web-site is hosted by the University of Leicester.

E-mail Dr Jones. The research is generously supported by a grant from the British Academy.


Church and other religious dedications of Georgia

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia

The dataset (accessible by clicking on the link in the side panel) represents work in progress and much remains to be done. Additional data and offers of help in completing it will be most welcome. Please contact us by e-mail (address in the side panel).


A number of Georgian words appear in the 'Location' field. These include samkhretit 'to the south', chrdiloetit 'to the north', dasavleti 'the west', aghmosavletit 'to the east'; akhali 'new', dzveli 'old'; zemo 'upper', kvemo 'lower'; didi 'large', patara 'small'; sakdari 'church' or 'temple', eklesia 'church', sapetkeli 'temple'; lavra 'monastery', as also monasteri; jvari 'cross', naeklesia 'former church'.

Full explanatory notes will be added to this page in due course. For example, dedications particularly commemorated in the Orthodox world include Thomas Sunday, in Georgian Kviratskoveli (literally 'Living Sunday', kvira, 'Sunday'), the first after Easter. For a guide to how TASC datasets are compiled and designed, see the TASC homepage (link in the side panel).


Bishop David             Information provided by the office of David, Bishop of Alaverdi, 2003.
GuideOrthChTbilisi    Tedo Sakhokis et al, Guide to the Orthodox Churches of Tbilisi (Tbilisi, 2002).

IG Kakheti 2003       Cartographers of the Georgian Military Cartographic Service, Sakartvelo: Kakheti, 1:200,000 (Tbilisi, Institute of

                                     Geography, 2003).

LP 2000                    Neil Wilson, Beth Potter, David Rowson, and Keti Japaridze, Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan (Melbourne, Lonely Planet,


Ornati 2003/1            [Anon.] ‘Nikortsmidis eparkiis samghedeloeba’, Nikortsmidis Eparkis Ornati 1. 2003 (ISBN 99928-0-525-0) [periodical

                                     publication of the Eparchy of Nikortsminda], p. 67.

TASC fieldwork        Informants and dates as given.

TRMG map 1999      Roland W. Hardt, A Traveller’s Reference Map of Georgia. Scale 1:625,000. Second Edition (Vancouver, International

                                     Travel Maps, 1999).

Tsintsadze 2002        Vakhtang Tsintsadze and Vazha Orbeladze, Monuments of Georgian Architecture, rev. ed. (London, The Capivard Press,


Zurashvili, Present     Valeri Zurashvili, The Present Born from the Past (Tbilisi, Tsezar, 1997).