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Saint George’s day marked in Georgia
06 May, 2017
May 6 is the day of Saint George’s death and torture. Considered one of the most revered and beloved martyrs in Georgia, Saint George is thought to be the patron of Georgia and many think the name “Georgia” is linked to this fact. Perhaps this is the reason why there are so many churches built in his name. There are 365 churches throughout Georgia that carry the martyr's name.

He was born in the second part of 3rd century, in Cappadocia, to the family of rich Christians. Later, under Roman emperor, Diocletian, he became one of the military commanders. After the persecution of Christians began, he rebelled against the emperor. Diocletian demanded from him to reject Jesus Christ. Saint George refused and he was subjected to horrors of torture, including by breaking wheel. In the year 303, Saint George was beheaded at the age of 30. He entered the history of Christianity as powerful and unconquerable heavenly rider.

Georgian church celebrates the day of Saint George twice a year: May 6, when he died and November 23, when he was tortured on breaking wheel.

Saint George’s grave is located in the city of Lod, Israel. The church first built over his tomb in the 4th century was destroyed several times in the aftermath of the invasions by the Persians. In 1871 the church was rebuilt.

The fresco was captured in Cappadocia by Georgian photographer Giorgi Nikolava.

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