According to the legend, St. Andrew's Cathedral got its name from Saint Andrew the First-Called. The Chronicle of Nestor tells that after protracted attempts to spread Christianity in the Scythian lands, about two thousand years ago, the Apostle Andrew blessed the slopes of the Dnieper and predicted the appearance of a great Christian city. At the place where Andrew had put his holy cross, later the church, named after him, was built. At present Andrew's Church is the main adornment of Andrew's descent.
Designed in 1754 by the Italian architect Bartholomeo Rastrelli, it is one of the few buildings to have survived intact with reconstruction or other significant damage.
The single-domed cathedral, with its five lesser cupolas, seems to hover over the city.
The church was built at the behest of Elizabeth, Peter the Great’s pious daughter who visited Kyiv in 1744.
The steps, which lead to the church, make man closer to God, according to popular belief.
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