In the old city centre of Kiev stands the St. Sofia Cathedral. This incredible building is one of the best known and most beautiful Ukrainian monuments and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating back to the 11th century, construction of the cathedral was commissioned by Yaroslav the Wise, the ruler of the Principality of Kiev at the time.
Deep green domes, beautiful frescoes and mosaics adorn the St. Sophia Cathedral. In the centre of the Church is a huge mosaic of Mary praying. The residents of Kiev believe that the city will continue to exist as long as this artwork is preserved. Not all the artwork in the cathedral is religious in nature however; there are also pictures of Prince Yaroslav and his family, and various frescoes of revellers in what was then Constantinople.