Saint Nino was born in 280 in the Cappadocian town of Kolastra. Her parents were wealthy and notable people. Father was in the military service under the emperor Maximian and, like they say, baptized the Gauls. Saint Nino was brought up in piety and Christian virtue. Her mother, Susanna, was a sister of the Jerusalem Patriarch Juvenal. Therefore, when Saint Nino was twelve years old, by agreement she went to Jerusalem with her parents. There her father Zabulon received the blessing to become a hermit in the desert, Susanna - deaconess at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and St. Nino was transferred to bail and for the training of the pious old man Nianfor. From her, deaconesses of the Holy Sepulcher, a girl who has a lot and carefully read the Holy Scripture, learned the details of the fate of Chiton Lord. As Nianfor told, the chiton is a robe, about which the crucified Christ's soldiers threw lots, was moved Rabbi named Elioz to Georgia at the request of Sidonia's sister. Iberia was then considered the Land of God's Mother and this land was not fully enlightened by the preaching of the Apostle Andrew. With this the country of Saint Nino had blood ties. Her father Zabulon was of uncle Saint George. Therefore, having learned from the old man that Chiton is in Iberia, and this land is still practically not knows Christianity, Saint Nino began to pray daily the Virgin with the request to help not only to find the tunic of the Lord, but also to see Iberia enlightened.
Once St. Nino saw the Mother of God in a dream and, responding to her request to help find the chiton of Christ and see Iberia as an enlightened one, stretched out a cross woven from the grapevine with the words: "Go to Iberia and preach the Gospel. This cross will be your shield from all visible and invisible enemies. " When she woke up in her hand she had a cross. The Patriarch, having learned of this miracle, blessed St. Nino to go on a sermon to Iberia.
She went with 33 sisters at the head of Hripsime to Armenia, and from there she alone came to preach Christianity to Georgia. In the likeness of the cross, which she had in her hands at the entrance to Georgia, she made a large cross from the grapevine, tied with her braid. This cross is considered a symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church and is considered a symbol of St. Nino.