Kiev Voivodeship
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Kiev Voivodeship

Kiev Voivodeship
Palatinatus Kioviensis
Województwo kijowskie
Voivodeship of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth¹
RON województwo kijowskie map.svg
The Kiev Voivodeship in
the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1635.
CapitalKijów (Kyiv, 1471-1667), ?ytomierz (Zhytomyr, 1667-1793)
o 1793
200,000 km2 (77,000 sq mi)
o 1793
o 1471-1475
Martynas Go?tautas (first)
o 1559-1608
Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski (transition)
o 1791-1793
Antoni Protazy Potocki (last)
o death of Simeon Olelkovich
Political subdivisionscounties: 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.
Kyiv (Kiou). A fragment of Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae map by Anthony Jenkinson (London 1562) published by Ortelius in 1570.
Kyiv (Kiow) A fragment of piece Tractus Borysthenis Vulgo Dniepr at Niepr dicti. map by Joannii Janssonii (Amsterdam, 1663).

The Kiev Voivodeship[1] (Polish: Województwo kijowskie, Latin: Palatinatus Kioviensis) 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.

The voivodeship was established in 1471 upon the death of the last prince of Kyiv Simeon Olelkovich and transformation of the Duchy of Kyiv (appanage duchy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania) into the Voivodeship of Kyiv.


The voivodeship was established in 1471 under the order of King Casimir IV Jagiellon soon after the death of Semen Olelkovich. It had replaced the former Principality of Kyiv, ruled by Lithuanian-Ruthenian Olelkovich princes (related to House of Algirdas and Olshansky family).[2][3]

Its first administrative center was Kyiv, but when the city was given to Imperial Russia in 1667 by Treaty of Andrusovo, the capital moved to Zhytomyr (Polish: ?ytomierz), where it remained until 1793.

It was the biggest voivodeship of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth by land area, covering, among others, the land of Zaporizhian Cossacks.

Municipal government

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

Flag and coat of arms

The flag on one side had Lithuanian Pogon on red field and on other side black bear on white field with his front left paw raised up.[6]

Regional council (sejmik)

Regional council[7] for all Ruthenian lands

Regional council[8] seats

Administrative division


  • Kijow County, Kijow (Bia?a Cerkiew, Bila Tserkva, since 1659)
  • Owrucz County, Owrucz
  • ?ytomierz County, ?ytomierz

Other former counties

Former counties lost under the Treaty of Andrusovo

  • Lubecz County, Lubecz
  • Oster County, Oster
  • City of Kijow

Elderships (Starostwo)

Instead of some liquidated counties in 1566 there were established elderships: Bia?a Cerkiew, Kaniów, Korsun, Romanówka, Czerkasy, Czigrin.

Free royal cities

Neighbouring Voivodeships and regions

See also


  1. ^ Kyiv voivodeship in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine
  2. ^ "Lithuanian History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Polish: wojewoda kijowski
  5. ^ Polish: kasztelan kijowski
  6. ^ Województwo Kijowskie.
  7. ^ Polish: sejmik generalny
  8. ^ Polish: sejmik poselski i deputacki

Further reading

  • Central European Superpower, Henryk Litwin, BUM Magazine, October 2016.
  • (in Polish) Spisy pod red. Antoniego G?siorowskiego, t. III: Ziemie Ruskie, z. 4: Urz?dnicy województw kijowskiego i czernihowskiego XV-XVIII wieku, opracowali Eugeniusz Janas i Witold K?aczewski, Kórnik: Biblioteka Kórnicka. 2002. 343, ISBN 83-85213-37-6.
  • (in Polish) Witold Bobi?ski. Województwo kijowskie w czasach Zygmunta III Wazy: studium osadnictwa i stosunków w?asno?ci ziemskiej. Warszawa. 2000.
  • (in Polish) Henryk Litwin. Nap?yw szlachty polskiej na Ukrain? 1569-1648. Semper. 2000. ISBN 83-86951-67-2 [also:] The Spatial Structure of the Kyiv Voivodeship and its Impact on the Political and Social Life of the Gentry in 1569-1648. Struktura przestrzenna województwa kijowskiego i jej wp?yw na ?ycie polityczne i spo?eczne szlachty w latach 1569-1648.
  • (in Polish) Micha? Kulecki. Wygna?cy ze Wschodu. Egzulanci w Rzeczypospolitej w ostatnich latach panowania Jana Kazimierza i za panowania Micha?a Korybuta Wi?niowieckiego. Warszawa 1997. ISBN 83-7181-001-6.
  • (in Polish) Dzieje rezydencji na dawnych kresach Rzeczypospolitej. Województwo kijowskie . OSSOLINEUM. 1997. ISBN 83-04-04369-6
  • (in Polish) Zygmunt Gloger. Geografia historyczna ziem dawnej Polski. Kraków. 1903.
  • (in Polish) Antoni Józef Rolle. Z przesz?o?ci Polesia Kijowskiego. Warszawa. Red. Biblioteki Warszawskiej. 1882

External links

Coordinates: 50°27?00?N 30°31?24?E / 50.450000°N 30.523333°E / 50.450000; 30.523333

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