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In 1013 Anthony came to Kyiv. He visited several cloisters but chose none and settled in a cave near the village of Berestove, in Kyiv suburbs. After the death of Grand Prince Volodymyr the Great, when the struggle for power began, Anthony left his abode and again went to Athos. He returned only when Prince Yaroslav the Wise got the throne and Hilarion, the first from local monks, was elected the Metropolitan. In 1051 he again settled in a cave. The fame of the ascetic monk spread through Kyiv and entire Rus. Devotees and followers came to Anthony, seeking to attain moral and religious perfection through praying and fastening.
Tired of a great number of visitors and desiring seclusion, Anthony moved to the nearby mount and dug a new cave for himself. With time, new hermits settled nearby and their number grew. At Anthony’s request the Grand Prince Iziaslav gave the mount in which the caves were located to the monastery. There with the blessing of Anthony the Dormition Church was built of wood and some cells and the area was palisaded. Thus the
In 1069, during the uprising of Kyivites against Prince Iziaslav, Anthony moved to Chernihiv. He chose the Boldyni Hills to build there a new cave monastery. With the return of Prince Iziaslav Yaroslavych on the Kyiv throne, Anthony again came to Kyiv. He spent his last years in the Pechersk Monastery he founded, where in 1073 began to build the Dormition Cathedral of stone.
The Reverend Anthony died being almost 90. His relics rest in the cave where he performed his monastic feat in fasting and praying and which bears his name. And the