Kyiv was the biggest city in Europe in the eleventh century, fifty times larger than London, ten — for Paris.
German church figure XIX century Bishop of Saxon Tytmar Merseburg in his «Chronicle» characterized Kyiv as «a big city with more than 400 churches, 8 marketplaces, and uncountable number of citizens». At the beginning of the eleventh century, today's Ukraine capital was 50 thousand people. For comparison, in London at that time was just 20 thousand. Medieval German chronicler Adam of Bremen called Kyiv «rival scepter of Constantinople, the most charming gem of Greece.»