|St. Andrey Bogolyubsky|
Icon of St. Andrey Bogolyubsky
|Eastern Orthodox Church|
|Major shrine||Dormition cathedral, Vladimir|
|Feast||June 30, July 4 (burial)|
|Attributes||Clothed as a Russian Grand Prince, holding a three-bar cross in his right hand|
Andrey I Yuryevich, commonly known under his sobriquet Andrey Bogolyubsky (Russian: Андрей Боголюбский, "Andrey the God-Loving") (c. 1111 – June 28, 1174) was Grand prince of Vladimir-Suzdal from 1157 till his death. He was the son of Yuri Dolgoruki, who proclaimed Andrei a prince in Vyshhorod (near Kiev). His mother was a Polovtsian/Cuman princess, khan Aepa's/Ayepa's daughter. He was known in the West as Scythian Caesar. Andrey is beatified as a saint in Russian Orthodox Church.
He left Vyshhorod in 1155 and moved to Vladimir. Promoting development of feudal relations, he relied on a team and on Vladimir’s townspeople; he connected to trading-craft business of Rostov and Suzdal. After his father’s death (1157), he became Knyaz (prince) of Vladimir, Rostov and Suzdal.
Andrei Bogolyubsky tried to unite Rus' lands under his authority. From 1159 he persistently struggled for submission of Novgorod to his authority and conducted a complex military and diplomatic game in South Rus. In 1169 his troops took Kiev. After plundering the city,  stealing much religious artwork, which included the Byzantine "Mother of God" icon, he returned to the northeast afterwards. This act underlined the declining importance of that city. Andrei achieved the right to receive a tribute from the population of the Northern Dvina land. Becoming "ruler of all Suzdal land", Andrei Bogolyubsky transferred his capital to Vladimir, strengthened it and constructed the magnificent Assumption Cathedral, the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, and other churches and monasteries. Under his leadership Vladimir was much enlarged, and fortifications were built around the city.
At the same time the castle Bogolyubovo was built next to Vladimir, and was a favorite residence of his. In fact he received his nickname "Bogolyubsky" in honor of this place. It was he who brought the Theotokos of Vladimir to the city whose name it now bears. During Andrei Bogolyubsky’s reign Vladimir-Suzdal principality attained significant power and was the strongest among the Rus' principalities.
Amplification of princely authority and conflict with outstanding boyars was the cause of a plot against Andrei Bogolyubsky, as a result of which he was killed on the night of June 28 to June 29, 1174. Twenty of his disgruntled retainers burst into his chambers and slew Andrei in his bed. His silver-inlaid war axe can now be viewed at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
- William Craft Brumfield, Landmarks of Russian Architect, (Routledge, 2013), 1-2.
- "Andrey Yurievich Bogolyubsky", Russia the Great, retrieved 2007-08-07
- Janet Martin, Medieval Russia:980-1584, (Cambridge University Press, 1996), 100.
- Dmitriĭ Olegovich Shvidkovskiĭ, Russian Architecture and the West, (Yale University Press, 2007), 36.
- Janet Martin, Medieval Russia:980-1584, 84.
- Martin, Janet L.B. Medieval Russia, 1995
|Grand Prince of Vladimir-Suzdal||Succeeded by