TASC (Transnational Database and Atlas of Saints Cults)
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.
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).
Information provided by the office of David, Bishop of Alaverdi, 2003.
IG Kakheti 2003 Cartographers of the Georgian Military Cartographic Service, Sakartvelo: Kakheti, 1:200,000 (Tbilisi, Institute of
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).