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Friday, September 06, 2002 In Los Angeles, a cathedral of breathtaking beauty
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, L. A. Take a photo tour.
In 987, Prince Vladimir of Kiev is said to have sent emissaries to different countries to learn about the religion and worship of each. He was searching for an appropriate faith for his people.
In Constantinople, they were taken to Hagia Sophia, the cathedral church of the capital. Their report: "We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendor or such beauty, and we are at a loss how to describe it. We know only that God dwells there among men, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations. For we cannot forget that beauty."
Prince Vladimir was convinced, and his subjects accepted Greek Christianity and were baptized.*