Queen, Prince, Princess, Saint

Prince of the Russian Empire. Russia/Georgia

According to TRRI: Arms (I): (IC) 23 June 1801 - entered among
the "Russo-princely" families, which Liubimov considers the equivalent of
being elevated to the dignity of Prince of the Russian Empire.

Descendants were always qualified with the title of Prince of the Russian Empire in all official acts.
(DS) 5 Sept. 1801, 23 Dec. 1850, and 24 Mar.1859 [STRL].

Prince V.A Dadianov

Honorary Consul-General for Georgia in Australia (2004-2013)

Prince of the Russian Empire

Member of the Dadiani Family Union

Sergei Vasil'evich Liubimov in his "Titulovannye rody Rossiiskoi Imperii" (TRRI), considers members of only four Georgian families that settled in Russia before the annexation of the Kingdom in 1801 to be Princes "of the Russian Empire," viz. Argutinskii-Dolgorukii, Bagration, Dadianov, and Tsitsianov.


Dadiani Palace Armory Room


Prince Dadian and King Dadian

The cult of St. George (megalomartyros) originated in the fifth century in Cappadocia. The saint was probably martyred at Lydda (Diospolis) at the end of the third or the beginning of the fourth century. According to the earliest versions of his vita, he was martyred by King Dadian, in later vitae transformed into the Emperor Diocletian. Around the eleventh century a large number of legends was added to the description of the saint's martyrdom; most popular of those new legends was the story of George's encounter with the dragon, derived from the earlier oral tradition. In Russia, the cult spread widely during the reign of Yaroslav the Wise (the earliest representation, from the 12th century, is the fresco in the church of St. George in Staraia Ladoga).




Saint Dadiani

The Session of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Georgia was held in October 26, 1999. The Holy Synod canonized Prince Tsotne Dadiani a Saint in recognition of His devoted service to his native people and the church. A ruler of West-Georgian principality Samegrelo Tsotne Dadiani (XIII century) participated in uprising against Mongol subjugators. He reported with his detachment to the arranged place for meeting with other conspirators at the agreed time. Unfortunately it turned out that some traitor had betrayed the uprising and the plot leaders had been seized. The ruler of Samegrelo dismissed his detachment and reported himself before Mongols as they were executing his associates. Prince Tsotne Dadiani told the subjugators that once his associates were convicted then he was to be convicted as well. The Mongols stunned by Tsotne's valor set all prisoners free.

Prince Tsotne Dadiani (Saint)

Prince Dadiani Statue

Vardan II Dadiani (Marushid-Vardanid dynasty), Duke of Bedia,
Orbeti, Kaieni and Mingrelia (Odishi-Egrisi-Bedia), 1184/1213. King Levan
III abdicated in favour of his son-in-law Katsia Chikovani (see
Mingrel'skii). Levan's son, Giorgi Dadiani emigrated to Russia in 1700

Noble Katsia Chikovani (see that name), who became Sovereign Prince
of Mingrelia on the abdication of Prince Levan III (see above), thus
founding the 2nd House of Mingrelia under the title Dadian of Mingrelia. He
was married to Levan III's daughter Mzekhatun. Annexation of the
Principality of Mingrelia by the Russian Empire, 1866. Russia: (IU) 4 Jan.
1867 - title of Prince Dadianov/Dadian-Mingrel'skii with the qualification of Serene
Highness for Andrei, brother of the last reigning prince, with the
stipulation that all other descendants should simply bear the name and title
of Prince Dadianov/Dadian and the qualification of His Illustrious Highness.

Dadiani Palace, where coins from ancient Colchis and a death mask of Napoleon are on display


Members of Prince Dadianov's family at the Saint Petersburg Ball held at the Winter Palace 1868

Johan Strauss dedicated a number of pieces to Prince Nicolas Dadiani. Prince Dadiani was a frequent guest at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. One of the popular pieces is 'Niko Polka' available here to download.  Also available is 'The Romance'.

Click here to download 'Niko Polka' by John Strauss

Click here to download 'The Romance' by Johan Strauss


Prince Dadiani (Levan II 1611-1658)

Two silver plaques with donors' images (1640) were made in Levan Dadiani's gold chasing workshop in the village of Kortskheli (Samegrelo). Represented are the Governor of Samegrelo Levan II Dadiani (1611-1658) and his spouse Nestan Darejan. Carpet-wise background, ornament, the figures' clothing and headgear testify to the influence of Sasanid Iran. These were the part of the large icon of Kortskheli church.


Mtskheta Svetitskhoveli Cathederal

There is evidence that in the mid-16th century Svetitskhoveli was raided by Iranian Shah Tamaz. It was restored by Kartli King Rostom and his wife Queen Mariam Dadiani in 1756.


The Church of Zvartnots

The church stood up for more than 300 years and was destroyed during an earthquake.

This site was excavated from 1900 - 1907 by Prince Dadian (Khatchik Vartapet)

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