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Who was Vladimir The Great? Why did Vladimir the Great choose Christianity?

Princess Anna Porphyrogenita came to Vladimir’s palace accompanied by Bishop Michael and many priests. 

Encouraged by his soldiers, who had learned and experienced the Christian faith in the Byzantine Empire, Vladimir the Great converted and was baptized a Christian in the city of Cherson, taking the name of Basil in honor of his future brother-in-law. After the wedding, Vladimir and Anna returned to Kyiv with great pomp. Inda ta, the monarch ordered the destruction of pagan statues and the building of Christian churches.

Among the first churches built by the kings was the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, built-in 989, which is considered the first stone church built in Kyiv. He also helped the monasteries of Mount Athos.