The architect was known as Master Peter, one of the few architects who have been recorded at this time in Russia.
The first churches were commissioned by the princes; however, after the 13th century merchants, guilds and communities began to commission cathedrals.
Russian architecture follows a tradition whose roots lies in early Russian wooden architecture (inclusive various indigenous elements) and in the architecture of Kievan Rus' with its centers in Veliky Novgorod and Kiev.
While Russian or Rus' architecture and culture was in many cases inspired by the Byzantine Empire, the influence was also limited.
The great churches of Kievan Rus', built after the adoption of Christianity in 988, were the first examples of monumental architecture in the East Slavic region.
Early Eastern Orthodox churches were mainly built from wood, with their simplest form known as a cell church.