House of Chikovani

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House of Chicovani

Coat of Arms
Capitals Zurgdid, Principality of Mingrelia
Preceding states Kingdom of Georgia
Succeeding state Russian Empire

The House of Chikovani (Georgian: ჩიქოვანი; sometimes spelled as Chicovani) is a line of Georgian nobility, once a princely (mtavari) house in monarchical Georgia. Originally, the Dukes of Chikovani ruled the province of Lechkhumi in northwestern Georgia. At the end of the 17th century, General Katso Chikovani rose to prominence in the adjacent Principality of Mingrelia. After him, his son became the ruler of Mingrelia and assumed the dynastic name of Dadiani. Thereafter, Chikovani ruled Mingrelia under the dynastic name of Dadiani until the principality was annexed by the Russian Empire. The cadet branch of the family continued to exist under the name of Chikovani.


Chikovani Chapel, a medieval religious structure tracing its roots to the eponymous princely family. Part of Martvili Monastery.[1]

The House of Chikovani first came to prominence after General Katzo Chikovani (d. 1682), Prince of Salipartiano, was promoted to the post of the Chief Minister at the court of Levan III of Mingrelia.

As he strengthened his position among the nobles of western Georgia, General Chikovani eliminated members of many prominent houses, including those of the ruling Dadiani House. When Levan III died in 1681 without leaving a male heir, his natural son Levan IV was forced to abdicate, and General Chikovani'son took over the leadership of the Principality of Mingrelia. General Chikovani's increased power facilitated the ascent of his son George to the Mingrelian Throne. George became a ruler of the principality and after adopting the title of Dadiani became known as George IV Dadiani of Mingrelia.

Beginning with George IV till Nikolas Dadiani, Prince of Mingrelia, all members of the ruling Dadiani family were by blood members of the House of Chikovani. The lineage lasted until the principality was abolished in late 1800s by the Russian Empire which took advantage of internal instability, Ottoman Invasions during the Crimean War, and a subsequent request for help from Ekaterine Dadiani, the Last Princess of Mingrelia.

The Chikovani branch that remained without the ruling title of Dadiani traces its origins to General Chikovani's second son Jesse who did not assume the dynastic title.

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  1. ^ Martvili Monastery, Administration of the State Representative. Retrieved: May 15, 2021

External links[edit]

  • "House of Dadiani, photos and dynasty". Dadiani Retrieved 7 March 2013.