Vladimir I of Kiev

Remembrance Day Orthodox/Catholic: 15. July

Name means: the peaceful ruler (Russian)

Grand Duke of Kiev


* around 956 in Kiev, Ukraine

15 July 1015 in Berestov near Kiev in Ukraine

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Vladimir Svjatoslavič, an illegitimate son of Prince Svjatoslav of the Rurikid family and grandson of Olga, became Prince of Novgorod – today’s Velikiy Novgorod – in 970, but soon had to flee to Sweden because of inheritance disputes. In 979/80 he was able to return and fought against his brother for the rule of all of Russia from Ukraine to the Baltic Sea; his victory and his accession to power as Grand Duke of Kiev also meant a victory of the  Paganism versus the newly infiltrated Christian faith. Although Kiev was already partly Christian, he remained a pagan and had seven wives. Emissaries of the Catholic Church from Rome and the Orthodox Church from Constantinople – today’s Ístanbul – as well as Judaism and Islam tried to win Vladimir over to their faith; the Jew and the Muslim were expelled from the country for mentioning circumcision, pork and alcohol bans; the representative from Rome was no different after his remark,  that lent would be imposed on the faithful. Vladimir died on a trip to Velikiy Novgorod. Since 1853, an imposing, 24-meter-high monument on the banks of the Dnieper river in Kiev commemorates Vladimir / Volodymyr, since 2016 also one with a height of 17 meters in Moscow. According to traditional opinion, Vladimir was canonized by the Orthodox Church after 1250  , according to recent finds probably already in the 11th century.


Joachim Schäfer: Article By Vladimir I of Kiev, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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