Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kiev - UKRAINE - UNESCO #527
Another direct swap from Ukraine, Vera found a card from St Sophia of Kyiv (a UNESCO site) and remembered me - thanks a lot Vera, I love this postcard and the words from the national anthem that you wrote on the back. With this card my collection rises to 38 sites, 924 to the end! This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
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.