- Battle of Garisi
The battle of Garisi was fought between the Georgian and Safavid Iranian armies at the village of Garisi (present-day
Tetritsq'aro) in 1556 or 1558, and resulted in a pyrrhic victoryof the Georgians.
This conflict was an immediate consequence of the
Treaty of Amasyasigned between the Ottoman and Safavid empires in 1555. This peace deal left a fragmentized Kingdom of Georgiadivided into spheres of influence. The kingdoms of Kartliand Kakheti, and the eastern part of the principality of Samtskhewere allotted to the Safavids which had already garrisoned the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.
Luarsab I, the indomitable king of Kartli, refused to recognize the terms of the Amasya treaty and continued to worry Tbilisi. This provoked another Iranian expedition, the fourth in Luarsab’s reign. The Safavid forces, the
Qizilbash, placed by Shah Tahmasp Iunder the command of Shahverdi Sultan, beylerbeyof Ganja, crossed into Kartli in 1556 or 1558. Lursab and his son Svimon met the invaders at Garisi. In a pitched battle, the Georgians managed to beat off the Qizilbash, but Luarsab was killed in action.Minorsky, Vladimir, "Tiflis", in: M. Th. Houtsma, E. van Donzel (1993), "E. J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936", p. 758. Brill, ISBN 9004082654.] Suny, Ronald Grigor (1994), "The Making of the Georgian Nation", p. 48. Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253209153]
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