Gabriel of Kakheti
Gabriel (died 881), of the Donauri
Donauri was a Georgian noble family to which belonged two ruling princes of the eastern province of Kakheti in the ninth century, and which gave origin to the latter-day noble family of Vachnadze, and, possibly, to that of Babadishvili ....

 family, was a prince and chorepiscopus of Kakheti
Kakheti is a historical province in Eastern Georgia inhabited by Kakhetians who speak a local dialect of Georgian. It is bordered by the small mountainous province of Tusheti and the Greater Caucasus mountain range to the north, Russian Federation to the Northeast, Azerbaijan to the Southeast, and...

 in eastern Georgia
Georgia (country)
Georgia is a sovereign state in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the southwest by Turkey, to the south by Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital of...

 from 861 to 881. He succeeded on the death of his uncle Samuel
Samuel of Kakheti
Samuel , of the Donauri family, was a prince and chorepiscopus of Kakheti in eastern Georgia from 839 to 861. After the death of his predecessor Vache, Samuel was elected as prince by the Gardabanian nobility who dominated the politics of Kakheti at the time...

. His reign was marked by the vigorous religious building spearheaded by the Kakhetian-born priest Illarion the Georgian (822–875). In contrast to his predecessor, Gabriel was at enmity with the Arab emir of Tiflis
Emirate of Tbilisi
The Emirs of Tbilisi ruled over the parts of today’s eastern Georgia from their base in the city of Tbilisi, from 736 to 1080 . Established by the Arabs during their invasions of Georgian lands, the emirate was an important outpost of the Muslim rule in the Caucasus until recaptured by the...

, Gabuloc' who dispossessed him of the district of Gardabani
Gardabani (historic district)
Gardabani was a region in medieval Georgia, in the extreme southeast of the country, centered at the fortress of Khunani. This land roughly corresponds to a district lying south of Tbilisi, west of the Mtkvari River....

. He was succeeded by Padla I
Padla I of Kakheti
P'adla I , of the Arevmaneli clan, was a prince and chorepiscopus of Kakheti in eastern Georgia from 881 to 893. He attained to his office after suppressing the Donauri family, which had ruled Kakheti from 839 to 881...

of the Arevmaneli clan.
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