Saint Olga of Kiev

detail of a painting of Saint Olga by Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov, 1892Also 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


Through thy prayers, Holy Father, may I be preserved from the crafts and assaults of the devil! – Saint Olga of Kiev

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Olga of Kiev“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 April 2021. Web. 6 December 2021. <>