Best of Kiev » St Volodymyr's Cathedral
Address: Ukraine, Kiev, Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd., 20
St Volodymyr's Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriatchy is not only one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world, but also is the monument to prince Vladimir (Volodymyr) the Great of Kiev (St. Vladimir), outstanding Christian fellow-soldier who in 988 introduced Christianity to Rus. The cathedral is decorated in Old Byzantinesque Style traditional to Russian architecture. Old Russian temples were built in such manner in the days of St. Vladimir and Yaroslav the Wise.
The cathedral was constructed to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus'. The first foundation stone was laid on St. Vladimir’s Day, June 15, 1862, but the construction dragged on for 30 years – from 1862 to 1896. The decoration of the cathedral’s interior which famous artists were involved in, also took much time. Eventually on August 20, 1899 the triumphant dedication of the St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral was held in the presence of Emperor Nicolas II and Empress Alexandra Fedorovna.
Such prominent artists as Viktor Vasnetsov, Michael Vrubel, Michael Nesterov were enlisted to the cathedral’s interior decoration. Venetian craftsmen took part in adornment with mosaics.
Vasnetsov played the main role in the temple’s painting creating 15 compositions and 30 separate figures. Vasnetsov also ornamented the middle pace of the cathedral which is besides the New Testament themes mainly adorned with major historical compositions: “Prince Vladimir’s Receiving Baptism’, ‘Kiev Citizens Receiving Baptism’ and also portraits of sainted Russian princes: Alexander Nevsky, Andrey Bogolyubsky, Princess Olga. The central composition in the temple’s chancel – Madonna and Child was also painted by Vasnetsov.
Nowadays the St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral enchases holy shrines – hallows of Venerable Macarius and Great Martyr Barbara.
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