The Heavenly Beauties of Georgia - Part II
12 April, 2015
The Heavenly Beauties of Georgia - Part II
Alexandre Dumas, Jr. (1802-1870), who in the 1860s traveled throughout Georgia and depicted his impressions in the book Caucasus, was amazed by the beauty of Georgian women. He demonstrated his fascination with the following words: “Greece is white marble Galatea, while Georgia is enlivened woman Galatea.”
We continue introducing outstanding Georgian women to our readers through excerpts from Damana Mdivnishvili’s book, Heavenly Beauty.

Ekaterine Chavchavadze

Mr. Turnau, who often visited Alexandre Chavchavadze, a notable Georgian poet, public benefactor and military
figure, wrote about the host’s daughters: “I still cannot figure out which of them I admire the most. While Ekaterine’s shining and charming eyes burn my heart, Nino’s hidden beauty and angelic character serves as curing ointment for me. If one attracted my eyes and feelings, my soul strived for the other one with overwhelming desire.” He called Ekaterine the sun of Georgia, in whom both female beauty and male wits and character were blended. Ekaterine revealed these features for all to see when after her husband’s death she became the queen of Samegrelo, a province in the western part of Georgia.
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Medea Japaridze

Medea Japaridze was Georgia’s honored artist and a famous actress who both starred in movies and performed on the stage. She was featured in a number of Georgian films. Medea stood out with her beauty, refinement, intelligence and spirituality. She was famous for helping and supporting people in need. Her husband Rezo Tabukashvili was a famous public figure, writer and a director. Their son, Lasha Tabukashvili is a writer as well.




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Salome Dadiani, Prince Achille Murat’s wife

Salome Dadiani, the daughter of Davit Dadiani, the ruler of Samegrelo, married the Frenchman Achille Murat, the brother of Joachim Murat, a descendant of Napoleon. Salome and Achille had three children: Lucien, Napoleon and Antoinette. During the first years of their marriage they lived in Paris and then moved to Samegrelo and lived in the palace. After living together for 25 years, Achille Murat died a mysterious death; some historians allege that he committed suicide.




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Nana Kipiani

Nana was an expert on German language and a lecturer at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Du­ring her years as a student, she was featured in several well-known movies such as Gzis Dasatskisi (The Beginning of the Road), Abesalom and Eteri and Daisi (Sunset).





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Meri Tsereteli-Dadiani

Meri Tsereteli-Dadiani married an outstanding Georgian nobleman Koki Dadiani, who was so charming that Meri adopted his five children from a previous marriage and gave birth to three more children herself. Due to the political persecution, Koki’s family left for France. Both Meri and Koki are buried at the Leuville cemetery.



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Sofio Amirejibi

Sofio was a poet and a translator. Her contributions to Georgian national culture are significant. She published and splendidly translated the books of Georgian writers. Her husband, General Mikheil Amirejibi, was a hero of the Caucasian wars. Their family often hosted Ilia Chavchavadze and Akaki Tsereteli, prominent Georgian statesmen and writers, as well as other famous people such as Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky, brother of the famous composer, and Valentin Serov, a Russian painter.


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Barbare (Vara) Kipiani


Barbare was a psychophysiologist. She resided and worked in Belgium. Barbare held lectures at the University of Brussels about the Georgian literature and word-stock. She was the daughter of Dimitri Kipiani, who was a Georgian statesman, publicist, writer, and a leader of Georgia’s liberal nobility.


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