Although I'm now home in America, I'm going to keep posting as if we recently had these adventures around Europe. I'll post the dates we actually visited these locations at the start of each posts in an attempt to keep things straight.
Princess Olga of Kiev Statue
Visited: April 11th, 2013
In the square near St. Michael's Cathedral in Kiev you can find a monument to Princess Olga of Kiev who ruled the Kievan Rus from 945-964. Her husband Igor of Kiev was ruler until his death and Olga took power as their son was too young to rule.
Similarly to Queen Elizabeth much pressure was put on Olga to strategically marry princes from rival groups but she never did. She is honored near the Orthodox church because she was the first Kievan Rus leader to adopt Christianity.