St George was a Roman soldier born in Cappadocia an area which is now in Turkey in around 280AD and died around 303.
Very little is known about his early life but it is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family.
When he grew up he became a soldier and joined the retinue of Emperor Diocletian.
Emperor Diocletian ordered that all Christian soldiers in the army should be expelled and all Roman soldiers is forced to make the traditional pagan sacrifice.
St George refused and denounced the edict in front of his fellow soldiers, declaring he was a Christian.
Eventually he was dragged through the streets and beheaded in 303. It’s said that Diocletian’s wife was so impressed by George’s resilience that she became a Christian and that she too was executed for her faith.
St. George and the Dragon:
According to one story, a town in Libya had a small lake with a plague-infected dragon living in it. The townspeople were gradually being killed by the dragon and started feeding it two sheep a day to appease it.
When they ran out of sheep the king devised a lottery system to feed it local children. This continued until the king’s daughter was selected. The king tried to bargain his way out of it, but the townspeople were adamant that she should be delivered to the dragon just as many of their children had been.
George, who was passing, asked the lady what was happening. She told him about the dragon then the dragon appeared and came running to them, St. George smote him with his spear and hurt him sore and threw him to the ground.
The origin of the monastery remains obscure but is alleged to date from the 7th century.
The Convent of St. George:
At the entrance, one set of stairs lead to the shrine and the other lead upstairs to where the nuns live.
The historical shrine of St. George comprises the main hall. The hall consists of seven rooms with wooden doors leading into them.
There is a huge door measuring almost 7.6 m high and flanked by two smaller doors. These doors lead to the interior of the complex.
There is a room contains the chains that were placed on St. George as part of the tortures to which he was sentenced after his trial under the Persian King Dadianos.