Kiev Voivodeship

Kyiv Voivodeship
Palatinatus Kioviensis
Województwo kijowskie
Voivodeship of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth¹


Coat of arms

The Kiev Voivodeship in
the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1635.
Capital Kiev (1471–1667), Zhytomyr (1667–1793)
  Established 1471
  Second partition 1793
  1793 200,000 km2 (77,220 sq mi)
  1793 500,000 
Density 2.5 /km2  (6.5 /sq mi)
Political subdivisions counties: 9 (1471-1569)
7 (1569-1667)
3 (1667-1793)
¹ Voivodeship of the Kingdom of Poland. The kingdom was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569.
Map of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its territorial losses in the mid 17th century.
Kiev (Kiou). A fragment of Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae map by Anthony Jenkinson (London 1562) published by Ortelius in 1570.
Kiev (Kiow) A fragment of piece Tractus Borysthenis Vulgo Dniepr at Niepr dicti. map by Joannii Janssonii (Amsterdam, 1663).

The Kyiv Voivodeship[1] or Kiev Voivodeship (Polish: Województwo kijowskie, Ukrainian: Київське воєводство) was a unit of administrative division and local government in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from 1471 until 1569 and of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland from 1569 until 1793, as part of Lesser Poland Province of the Polish Crown.


It was the biggest voivodeship of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth by land area, covering, among others, the land of Zaporizhian Cossacks. Under the order of King Casimir IV Jagiellon, it had replaced the former Principality of Kiev, ruled by Lithuanian-Ruthenian princes from two families (House of Algirdas and Olshansky family).[2][3] Its first administrative center was Kiev, but when the city was given to Imperial Russia in 1667 by Treaty of Andrusovo, the capital moved to Zhytomyr (Polish: Żytomierz), where it remained until 1793.

Municipal government

The governor of the voivodeship was voivode (voivode of Kiev).[4] In the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth the other two major administrative positions were castellan[5] and bishop (biskup kijowski).

Voivodeship Governor (Voivode) seat

Regional council (sejmik)

Regional council[6] for all Ruthenian lands

Regional council[7] seats

Administrative division

Counties lost under the Treaty of Andrusovo

Other losses

Neighbouring Voivodeships and regions

See also


  1. Kyiv voivodeship in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine
  2. Lithuanian History
  4. Polish: wojewoda kijowski
  5. Polish: kasztelan kijowski
  6. Polish: sejmik generalny
  7. Polish: sejmik poselski i deputacki
  8. Polish: Powiat kijowski
  9. Polish: Powiat owrucki
  10. Polish: Powiat żytomierski
  11. Polish: Powiat lubecki
  12. Polish: Powiat osterski


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