The Virgin Nativity Cathedral
Section of Central Lengthwise Nave. South View

Metropolitan Peter

Dionisy's frescoes. Metropolitan Peter

Born in Volynia in the second half of the 13th century. At 12 he entered the monastery where he learnt to paint icons. Afterwards, he founded the Novodvorsk cloister on the River Rata. In 1305 he was ordained Metropolitan of All Rus and furthered the establishment of the true faith and reconciliation of hostile princes. In 1312 he received a writ of protection for the Russian clergy from the Tatar Horde. In 1325 upon request of the Moscow Grand Prince Ivan Kalita he transferred his residence from Vladimir to Moscow. He predicted the future rise of Moscow. In 1326, the year of his death, he blessed the laying of the Dormition Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin where he was buried. He was canonized 13 years later and was venerated as a Patron Saint of Moscow. Feast day: 21 December (3 January). Transfer of the relics: 5 (18) October, 24 August (6 September).