Saint Vladimir's Cathedral


This view of Saint Vladimir’s Cathedral is from Souvenir of Kiev, an early 20th-century album showing the main sites of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and at that time one of the most important cities of the Russian Empire. The cathedral was built to mark the 900th anniversary of the conversion to Christianity of Kievan Rus by Prince Vladimir (or Volodymyr) Sviatoslavich, later Saint Vladimir the Great. Construction started in 1862 and finished in 1896, when the completion was celebrated in the presence of the Russian royal family. The design of Saint Vladimir’s, in the Russian Byzantine style, was initiated by architects I. Strom and P. Sparro, and the Kiev architect Alexander V. Beretti was ultimately responsible for the cathedral’s appearance. The colorful interior includes Venetian mosaics and frescoes carried out under the supervision of Professor A. Prahova of Saint Petersburg University. This image shows the cathedral from Bibikovsky Boulevard. The 25 views in Souvenir of Kiev are collotypes, made using a chemically-based printing process widely employed before the invention of offset lithography.

Last updated: February 29, 2012