Tuesday, October 9, 2007

St. Michael's and St. Sophia's Cathedral

An older structure on the grounds of St. Michael's ...

A small pavilion behind a glass dome that shows earlier foundations of the monastery

And way down there at the end of the street directly opposite St. Michael's is St. Sophia's Cathedral, built in 1037 by Kievan Rus Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise, to thank God for defending Kiev against the Pecheneg invasion of 1024. It was modeled and named after Hagia Sofia in Constantinople, although any resemblence is today buried under baroque-era remodelling.

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