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Kyi, the founder of Kyiv

Prince Kyi of the Polans is one of the first and most famous heroes of our city. After all, it was him who, together with his brothers Shchek, Horyv and sister Lybid, founded Kyiv in the 9th century, and it is his name that the capital bears today. Stories about the prince’s deeds and the fortress founded on Old Kyiv Hill, have reached us through a number of medieval chronicles.

Although there are other, less popular, versions of who Kyi was and whether he founded Kyiv. This subject is still researched by a number of scientists, but for over a millennium, Ukrainians continue to honour the prince precisely as the founder of the capital. Today in Kyiv, there are two sculptures telling the chronicle story of the legendary family of the city’s founders.

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