According to the Orthodox Legend, the 400 year old prophecy of the Apostle Saint Andrew was fulfilled through four siblings of royal Slavic descent. In search of a new civilisation to build as their home and family had been previously jeopardised, they stumbled upon the entwining Dnieper River that flowed before seven luscious green hills. The brothers Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv and their sister Lybid chose this location for their settlement and called their new creation ‘Kyiv’, named after the eldest of the four. Kyi named one of the hills Borichev to rule upon, Shchek made the Shchekovitsa hill his home and Khoryv took a third hill as his own, the self-titled Khorevitsa.
1,500 years later, the Kyiv (otherwise known as Kiev) of today stands as the capital of Ukraine and one of the most important Eastern European cities; home to around 4 million residents. During its long and persevering history, it managed to host the Ottoman Empire, Hungarians, Swedish princes, Varangian pagans, Mongolian Tatars, Lithuanian leaders, Polish Cossacks, Jewish communities, the Russian Empire, German Nazis and, most recently, the Soviet Union.
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