ST Andrew’s Church Kiev Ukraine – The Saint Andrew’s Church is a major Baroque church located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The church was constructed in 1747–1754, to a design by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a cathedral. The church is part of the National Sanctuary “Sophia of Kiev” as a landmark of cultural heritage.
The Saint Andrew’s Church overlooks the historic Podil neighborhood, situated on a steep hill to which the church gave its current name Andriyivska Hill. It is currently one of four architectural landmarks of Ukraine, which were put down on the List of Mankind Treasures of Five Continents by the world society.
St. Andrew’s Cathedral – Important Landmark in Kiev
The Cathedral of Saint Andrew or the St. Andrew’s Church can be found situated in the city of Kiev, in Podil, one of its oldest neighborhoods. Bartolomeo Rastrelli, a Russian imperial architect, built this beautiful building during the mid-eighteenth century under the command of Catherine the Great.
Bartolomeo used Baroque architecture to give this magnificent church an outward appearance of both power and wealth, while still appealing to the emotions of the local people. Catherine the Great wanted to build this beautiful religious structure as a tribute to Saint Andrew, a patron saint of Kiev. However, the church did not turn out the way Catherine had envisioned it and soon Bartolomeo Rastrelli was without work.