After the five-month-long journey that started in Rome and ended in Moscow, the princess, niece of the last emperor of Constantinople, got to know Tsar Ivan III and married him. Sofia, as people called her in Russia, brought to her husband the manners of Constantinople, imperial ideas and Italian fashion for architecture and arts. During the rule of Ivan III, Russia kicked off Tatar-Mongol yoke, Kremlin was reconstructed and adorned with cathedrals and Faceted Chamber, while Moscow was recognized as the Third Rome. The main thing was, however, that Sofia brought with her a two-headed eagle from the Byzantine arms.
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