Saint Olga of Kiev

painting of Saint Olga, Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov, 1892; swiped off WikipediaAlso known as

  • Helena
  • Helga
  • Olga Prekrasa
  • Olga the Beauty
  • Olha



First Christian queen of Ukraine. Married to Igor I, duke of Kiev c.903. She ruled Kievan Rus after Igor’s assassination in 945. Following her conversion and baptism in 957 in Constantinople, when she took the name Helena, she tried to introduce Christianity to the Ukraine on a wide scale, but failed. When her son Sviatoslav reached adulthood, she handed the throne to him, c.963. Grandmother of Saint Vladimir, great-grandmother of Saint Boris and Saint Gleb.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Olga of Kiev“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 July 2015. Web. 30 November 2015. <>