Three Hundred Laz Martyrs

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Three Hundred Laz Martyrs
Venerated in Georgian Orthodox Church
Feast 29 April (12 May)

The Holy Martyrs of Lazeti , [1] [2] also known as Three Hundred Laz Martyrs (Georgian :სამასი ლაზი მოწამე, translit.:samasi lazi mots'ame, Laz: სუმოში ლაზი თისჲაფე, sumoşi lazi tisyape) are saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church, who were put to death for not renouncing Christianity by the Ottoman Empire between the years 1600 and 1620. The Georgian church commemorates them on 18 September (O.S. 10 October).

Lazistan Historical region

Lazistan is a historical and cultural region of Caucasus and Anatolia, traditionally inhabited by the Laz people, located mostly in Turkey, with small parts in the Georgia. Its area is about 6,000 km2, and its population about 500,000. Geographically, Lazistan consists of a series of narrow, rugged valleys extending northward from the crest of the Pontic Alps, which separate it from the Çoruh valley, and stretches east-west along the southern shore of the Black Sea. Lazistan is a virtually a forbidden term in Turkey. The designation of the term of Lazistan was officially banned in 1926, by Kemalists, as the name was considered to be an 'unpatriotic' invention of ancien regime. However, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reportedly said in 2013, that the Ottoman Empire used to call the Black Sea Region — “Lazistan”.

Georgian language Official language of Georgia

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Lazistan Sanjak sanjak of the Ottoman Empire

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Laz people Kartvelian speaking ethnic group indigenous to Black Sea coastal region of Turkey and Georgia

The Laz people, or Lazi, are an indigenous Kartvelian-speaking ethnic group inhabiting the Black Sea coastal regions of Turkey and Georgia.

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  1. April 29/May 12 Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine . Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  2. Martyrs of Lazeti. OCA - Feasts and Saints.