Great Prince George was a son of Great Prince
Vsevolod, nicknamed “Big Nest.” He was
born in the year 1189, and he assumed the great
princely throne of Vladimir in 1212. He was
distinguished for his military valor and his piety.
In the year 1237 the Tatar (Mongol) Horde of Batu
descended upon the Russian land. Saint George was
compelled to leave the capital city in charge of his
sons, and went north to meet up with the other
On March 4, 1238 the Battle at the River Sita was fought,
in which the Tatars destroyed the small but valiant
company of the Great Prince. The saint himself fell in
this fight, and Bishop Cyril buried his body at the Rostov
cathedral. Two years later, it was transferred to
Vladimir’s Dormition cathedral with great solemnity.
The Church glorification of the saint occurred in 1645.