Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv


Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine is a monument of 11th-century architecture, painting, and mosaic work. The cathedral was named after Hagia Sophia and, as the main temple of the state, played the role of its spiritual, political and cultural centre. Under the domes of Saint Sophia Cathedral, there were solemn inaugurations of the Grand Dukes, holy councils, receptions of ambassadors and the signing of political agreements. Chronicles were kept at the cathedral and the first known library in Rus was created there.

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  • 1011 - c. 1018
    Construction of Saint Sophia Cathedral.
  • 1011
    Foundation of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv.
  • 1699
    The bell tower is added to Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv.