History of the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church is traditionally said to have been founded by Andrew the Apostle, who is thought to have visited Scythia and Greek colonies along the northern coast of the Black Sea. According to one of the legends, St. Andrew reached the future location of Kiev and foretold the foundation of a great Christian city.[1][2] The spot where he reportedly erected a cross is now marked by St. Andrew's Cathedral

The Trinity Cathedral of Troitse-Sergieva Lavra
PrimatePatriarch Kirill I
LanguageChurch Slavonic (basic) and local languages
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
FounderApostle Andrew, Vladimir of Kiev, Michael, 1st metropolitan of Kiev
Independence1448, de facto in the Metropolis of Moscow
Recognition(as a patriarchate) in 1589 by Constantinople
Members125,000,000
Official websiteRussian Orthodox Church Department for External Church Relations official website