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Skyline of Dedoplistskaro
Dedoplistskaro is located in Georgia (country)
Location of Dedoplistskaro in Georgia
Coordinates: 41°27′50″N 46°06′40″E / 41.46389°N 46.11111°E / 41.46389; 46.11111Coordinates: 41°27′50″N 46°06′40″E / 41.46389°N 46.11111°E / 41.46389; 46.11111
Country Georgia (country) Georgia
Mkhare Kakheti
Municipality Dedoplistsqaro
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 7,200
Time zone Georgian Time (UTC+4)

Dedoplistskaro or Dedoplistsqaro (Georgian: დედოფლისწყარო, Queen's spring") is a town in Kakheti, Georgia with the population of 7,724 (2002 Georgia census). The town is located in the Shiraki Plain, eastern Georgia, and functions as a municipality of the district of the same name.


The locale is first mentioned in the medieval annals as a military post established by King David IV of Georgia (r. 1089-1125). Tradition relates its name, literally meaning "the Queen’s spring" to Queen Tamar (r. 1184–1213). After the annexation of Georgia, Russians established a military fort in 1803 to fend off the area being attacked by the Dagestan rebels and renamed the village into Tsarskie Kolodtsy (Russian: Царские Колодцы), that is "the royal wells".

A church in Dedoplistsqaro

In 1869, the German entrepreneurs Carl Heinrich von Siemens and Ernst Werner von Siemens established an oil refinery near the village which functioned until the mid-1870s.[1]

The village retained its military installations and a large garrison during Georgia's brief independence from 1918 to 1921. It was seized by the invading Soviet Russian forces after hours of heavy fighting with Georgian troops on February 18, 1921. The Russian commander Pyotr Kuryshko died in this battle.[2]

The Soviet government changed the name into Tsiteltskaro (წითელწყარო; "Red Spring") and granted the settlement a town's status in 1963. In 1991, the historical name of Dedoplis Tskaro was restored. Ruins of the medieval fortress of Khornabuji lie near the town. The Vashlovani State Reserve is also located within the Dedoplis Tskaro district.


  1. ^ Alexander Anatolyev. THE POWER OF PRODUCTIVE COOPERATION. Oil of Russia, No. 4, 2003.
  2. ^ (Russian) Гражданская война и военная интервенция в СССР: Энциклопедия. / Гл. ред. С.С.Хромов; Ред. кол.: Н.Н.Азовцев, Е.Г.Гимпельсон, П.А.Голуб и др. – М.: Советская энциклопедия, 1987, С. 315.