Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg (must see)

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, officially consecrated as the Church of Resurrection of Christ, is the location where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. It is one of the main Orthodox churches in Russia and a monument to the murdered Tsar. Construction began on the building in 1883 and was completed in 1907. Architect Alfred Alexandrovich Parland and artists Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov, and Mikhail Vrubel created one of the most stunning masterpieces of the 19th century.

Beautiful mosaics that illustrate biblical scenes and saints decorate the interior and exterior of the cathedral. What makes the structure unique is that it features medieval Russian design in contrast to the Baroque and Neoclassical designs of nearby structures. Visitors should pay special attention to the mosaics that line the domes and the actual site of the assassination that is enclosed within the church walls. The cathedral functions as a museum and not as a full-functioning church.

Unfortunately, the place of worship did not escape damage during the Soviet years. The building was used as a storage space from the 1930s to 1970. In 1970, St. Isaac’s Cathedral raised the funds to restore the church. Restoration work was completed in 1997.

Why You Should Visit:
Possibly the most photographed church in St Petersburg? Great location to walk to, as restaurants and beautiful views abound. Lovely park adjacent and you can go inside the church for a fee if you have time.

Tip:
Try wandering into the Mikhaylovski Garden next door for some of the best views.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10:30am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood on Map

Sight Name: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg  

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