Orthodox Remembrance Day: 4 March

Name means: my judge is God (Hebrew)


* 1261 in Vladimir

4 March 1303 in Moscow

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Daniel of Moscow was Prince of Moscow from 1272 until his death. The son of Alexander Nevsky was the father of Yuri I and Ivan I. He is the founder of the Moscow line of the Rurikids and thus progenitor of all Grand Dukes from Moscow and Russian Tsars to Fyodor I. As a guarantor of peace, promoter of the Orthodox Church and founder of the oldest Moscow monastery, who himself died in the monastic state, he is venerated as a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church. When Alexander Nevsky died in 1263, Daniel, his youngest son, was only two years old. In 1272 he was awarded the then insignificant principality of Moscow from his father’s inheritance. He took part in the intra-dynastic disputes for supremacy in the various Russian principalities and the disputes with the Empire of the Golden Horde, to which his principality was subject to tribute. Wherever possible, he is said to have been concerned with non-violent compensation. In 1302 he inherited the principality of Pereslavl-Zalesssky from his nephew Ivan Dmitrievich, who died childless, which then remained permanently connected to Moscow and contributed decisively to its rise. Before 1282, Daniel founded a monastery from his inheritance on the right bank of the Moskva River, which he named after his namesake Daniel Stylites. After an eventful history, this Danilov Monastery is today the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church and the seat of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all of Russia.


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