|UNESCO #527 - House of the Metropolitan, Kiev - UKRAINE|
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Monastic Buildings - UKRAINE - UNESCO #527
This official card is simply awesome - I can tell that the postcrosser that got my address really made a effort to please my preferences. It's a vintage card (early 70s) from a UNESCO WHS ('House of the Metropolitan' part of Saint-Sophia complex in Kiev) and she went on purpose to the central post-office to get a special commemorative cancellation ink stamp of the 60 years of Ukraine in UNESCO. Thank you so much Julia, your amazing card really made me happy. This postcard took 13 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.