Rank: Top 1000
Wonder Type: Cultural
Designed to rival Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, Kiev's Saint-Sophia Cathedral symbolizes the 'new Constantinople', capital of the Christian principality of Kiev, which was created in the 11th century in a region evangelized after the baptism of St Vladimir in 988. The spiritual and intellectual influence of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra contributed to the spread of Orthodox thought and the Orthodox faith in the Russian world from the 17th to the 19th century.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Saint-Sophia Cathedral", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.