Saint Abo of Tblisi

Also known as

  • Abo of Tibileli
  • Abo of Tiflis

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Grew up Muslim. Perfumer to Nerses, the prince of Kartli, a region of eastern Georgia. As a young adult, Abo became convinced of the truth of Christianity, but was afraid to convert openly as Georgia was under Muslim rule and conversion was a capital offense. For political reasons, his prince had to seek shelter in Khazaria north of the Caspian Sea, an area free of Muslim control; Abo and 300 other members of the court accompanied him, and Abo was baptized there. The prince and his party returned to Tblisi in 782, and for a few years Abo lived quietly as a “closet” Christian. However, in 786 he was exposed as a Christian, and tried for being an apostate from Islam. He confessed his faith at trial, was imprisoned, and martyred.

Born

Died

  • beheaded 6 January 786 at Tblisi, Georgia
  • his body was burned on the edge of cliff, and his bones thrown off a bridge into the Kura River
  • his biographer, a contemporary named John Sabanisidze, swears a pillar of light was seen rising from the water the next day

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Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Abo of Tblisi“. Saints.SQPN.com. 7 January 2014. Web. 16 April 2014. <>