"Why this name - St. Sophia Cathedral?" Top 5 Page for this destination Kiev Favorite Tip by OlenaKyiv

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  St. Sophia Cathedral behind trees
by OlenaKyiv

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The cathedral's name comes from the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople. According to a less popular theory, its model was the 13-domed oaken Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, which Yaroslav I the Wise determined to imitate in stone as a sign of gratitude to the citizens of Novgorod who had helped him secure the Kievan throne in 1019.

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  • Written May 30, 2007
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