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In the 11th century Kyiv was the biggest city in Europe

Bishop of Saxon Titmar of Merseburg, German clergyman of the 11th century, in his Chronicles characterized Kyiv as “a big city with more than 400 churches, 8 marketplaces, and uncountable number of citizens”.

It has been established that the then-population of today’s Ukraine capital was 50 thousand people while the population of London at that time was just 20 thousand. Adam of Bremen, medieval German chronicler called Kyiv “the competitor of the scepter of Constantinople, the most charming gem of Greece…”.