( (ts'minda nino
), , ), (sometimes St. Nune
or St. Ninny
) Equal to the Apostles in and the Enlightener of Georgia
, (c. 296 – c. 338 or 340) was a woman who preached Christianity
According to most widely traditional accounts, she was from Kolastra
(), was a relative of Saint George
, and came to Georgia (ancient Iberia
) from Constantinople
. Other sources claim she was from Rome, Jerusalem or Gaul (modern France). As the legend goes, she performed miraculous healings and converted the Georgian queen, Nana
, and eventually the pagan king Mirian III of Iberia
, who, lost in darkness and blinded on a hunting trip, found his way only after he prayed to “Nino’s God”. Mirian declared Christianity an official religion (c. 327) and Nino continued her missionary activities among Georgians
until her death.
Her tomb is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery
, eastern Georgia. St. Nino has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church
and her attribute, a Grapevine cross
, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity.
Many sources agree that Nino was born in the small town of Colastri
, in the Roman province
of Cappadocia, although a smaller number of sources disagree with this. On her family and origin, the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church have different traditions.
According to the Eastern Orthodox Church tradition, she was the only child of the famous family. Her father... Read More