Battle of Garisi

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 victory of the Georgians.

This conflict was an immediate consequence of the Treaty of Amasya signed between the Ottoman and Safavid empires in 1555. This peace deal left a fragmentized Kingdom of Georgia divided into spheres of influence. The kingdoms of Kartli and Kakheti, and the eastern part of the principality of Samtskhe were 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 I under the command of Shahverdi Sultan, beylerbey of 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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