Georgian abbot dies after suffering severe burns in monastery fire

Motsameta, Imereti Region, Georgia, February 7, 2023

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A Georgian abbot who suffered severe burns in a fire at his monastery in mid-January reposed in the Lord two weeks later.

Archimandrite Ioseb (Burjanadaze) was injured when he tried to put out a fire that broke out in the guest house at the famous Gelati Monastery on the night of January 16-17.

He was treated in nearby Kutaisi and then in the Tbilisi burn center. According to the press service of the Georgian Patriarchate, he then reposed on January 30.

Fr. Ioseb was buried on Saturday, February 4 at his monastery.

May his memory be eternal!


Gelati is a medieval monastery complex in western Georgia. Founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia, it is among the oldest monasteries in the country.

The monastery is a great example of the Georgian Golden Age. Some murals date to the 12th century. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

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