Ukraine’s going to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of St Sophia Cathedral on September 21. St. Sophia Cathedral and Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra were added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1990. Nineteen years later this anniversary was included into the calendar of important dates and now the millennium of Saint Sophia Cathedral is celebrated worldwide.
Kyiv’s oldest standing church, St. Sophia’s was built to commemorate the site of a victory of Kyivan Rus over the Pechenegs (Asian nomadic tribes) and to glorify Christianity. It was named after the famous St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Constantinople. This majestic 13-cupola sanctuary adjoined Yaroslav’s Palace and became a holy place of worship for Kyivites as well as a political and cultural centre.