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Petro Mohyla

Petro Mohyla, born 10 January 1597, died 11 January 1677. Ukrainian metropolitan, noble, and cultural figure, son of Simeon, hospodar of Wallachia and Moldavia, and the Hungarian princess Mar-gareta. He was tutored by teachers of the Lviy Dormition Brotherhood School and pursued higher education in theology at the Zamostia Academy and in Holland and France. After his return to Ukraine he entered the military service and fought as an officer against the Turks. In 1621-27 he received estates in the Kyiv region and through his friendship with Metropolitan I. Boretsky became interested in affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Soon Petro Mohyla was nominated the metropolitan of Kyiv. In 1631 Mohyla established a school at the Kyiv Cave Monastery. In 1632 it was merged with the Kyiv Epiphany Brotherhood School to create a college, which eventually became the largest center of scholarship and education in Eastern Europe, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.


 
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