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Bodbe Monastery – A place where Georgia's enlightener Saint Nino is buried
27 January, 2017
Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates the day of Equal to the Apostles, Saint Nino of Cappadocia on January 27. Saint Nino was born in the town of Colastri, Cappadocia and is considered the enlightener and patron of Georgia. Saint Nino came to Georgia approximately in 323, from Javakheti mountains, holding the grapevine cross. She preached Christianity in Georgia and as a result, in 326, the King Mirian announced the new faith as an official religion in the country. 

There are numerous churches in Georgia, named in her honor and one of the most famous among them is Bodbe Nunnery. This is the place where Saint Nino died and was buried. The church is built in 330s by the first Christian King of Georgia, Mirian. After that, other Georgian kings took care of the monastery.

There are two springs near the monastery and one of them is named after Saint Nino. As it is known, it appeared as a result of her prayers. They say it has a power of sanctified water, because, after tasting or bathing in it, many people have been cured. Close to the spring, there is a smaller church built in the name of Saint Nino’s parents, Saint Zabulon and Saint Sosana.

The day of Saint Nino is celebrated by Georgian Church twice a year: on June 1, when she came to Georgia and on January 14, when she died.


Saint Nino's grave in Bodbe

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