Venerable Giorgi of Mt. Athos, the Builder (†1029)

Memory 28 July (10 August)

The venerable Giorgi the Builder was the third abbot of the Iveron Monastery on Mt. Athos. According to some sources, he was a nephew of St. Ioane, the founder and first abbot of the Iveron Monastery.

Giorgi was elevated to the rank of abbot after St. Ekvtime left the monastery to travel to Jerusalem. Under his leadership, the main church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos was constructed. An inscription on the wall of the church reads: “I established these columns and they will not be shaken unto the ages. Monk Giorgi the Georgian, Builder.”

For most of his life Abbot Giorgi was highly respected and even revered in the imperial court of Byzantium, but he was eventually slandered, accused of treason, and exiled to the island ofMonovatia, where he reposed in the year 1029.

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze


For further information on the book THE LIVES OF THE GEORGIAN SAINTS by Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze contact St. Herman Press:
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8/13/2007

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