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Ivan the Great

Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia Ivan the Great

Full Name: Ivan III Vasilyevich
Profession: Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia

Nationality:
Russia
Russian

Why Famous: Grand Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of all Rus. Sometimes referred to as the "gatherer of the Russian lands", he tripled the territory of his state, ended the dominance of the Golden Horde over the Rus, renovated the Moscow Kremlin, and laid the foundations of the Russian state. He was one of the longest-reigning Russian rulers in history.

Born: January 22, 1440
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: October 27, 1505 (aged 65)

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Married Life

  • 1472-11-12 Byzantine princes Sophia Palaiologina marries Ivan III, Grand Prince of Moscow in Dormition Cathedral, Moscow

Historical Events

  • 1472-06-24 Byzantine princess Sophia Palaiologina departs Rome with a large entourage for Moscow to marry Ivan III
  • 1480-10-08 Great Stand on the Ugra river: Standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde and Ivan III, Grand Prince of all Rus. Ends with a Tatar-Mongol retreat, leading to the disintegration of the Horde.

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