Crown of Rus

Modern replica of the Crown of Rus-Ukraina

The Crown of Rus, also known as the Crown of Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia, is the crown with which Daniel of Galicia was crowned in 1253 by a papal archbishop in Drohiczyn.


The crowning of Danylo Halytskiy is a debated topic, most historians landing around the year 1253, but the specific date is not known. Historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky wrote that the coronation took place in 1252, Vladimir Pashuto considered the date to be around 1254, and Mykola Kotlyar gives the year 1253.[1]

The crown is believed to have been lost. However, there are many speculations on where it might be located, including Poland, the Vatican, the United States, and Moscow.[1] Polish historian Eugeniusz Misiło believes that the crown was converted into a miter for Greek Catholic bishops in Peremyshl and searches for it in Polish monasteries.[2]


After Ukrainian independence in 1991, work began on a replica, based on the drawings and historical data by the jewelers from Kiev and Western Ukraine. The crown was finished in 2000s and now part of a permanent exhibit of the Zolochiv Castle in Western Ukraine.[3]

See also


  1. 1 2 Chapuha, Stepan (19 August 2003). "Where is the crown of Danylo Halytskiy". Halychyna newspaper (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  2. Makhun, Serhiy (12 December 2001). "The Crown of Danylo Halytskiy". The Day (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  3. Копія корони короля Данила Галицького (A copy of the crown of king Danylo Halytskiy) news article on (Ukrainian)
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