Our Russia tour is featuring “The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood,” one of the most prominent places of Saint Petersburg, Russia. This church attracts plenty of people around the world by its sightseeing nine domes covered in green and yellow enamel. The church is also called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of Resurrection Christ. The church was built in the place where Tsar Alexander II was killed. The construction began in 1883 under the supervision of Alexander III and in the memory of his father.
The construction work proceeded slowly and eventually ended with the reign of Nicholas II in 1907. The costs were incurred by the royal family, with the support of a large number of private donors. The Church is located in the heart of the city, on the main street of the city, St. Nafski, along with the Griboedov Canal. The assassination of Alexander II took place in a part of this canal which surrounded by the walls of the church. One of the most impressive shrines was built where Alexander II was fatally wounded. The church’s reconstruction began in 1970, and in 1997 it was renovated as a museum. In August 1997, it was officially reopened, and after 27 years of restoration, it is still not used as a full-time church for worshipers.
The Savior on Spilled Blood was damaged over the years, the first time after the Russian revolution, and after in World War II during the siege of Leningrad by Nazi forces, that time it was used as a place for who died in battle. After that, the church used as a storage for vegetables and that time people named the church as “Savior Potatoes.” If you are interested in our Saint Petersburg tour , you can find more about the history of the church creation, spectacular mosaic collections, architecture and decoration of the cathedral. When you walk into the church, from the gate to the main dome, from the walls to ceiling, you find breathtaking collections of mosaic icons, collections of Christian images, biblical and scriptural scenes.
Through our Saint Petersburg tour , you have an opportunity to see the different architectures of Saint Petersburg. Urban architecture is often in Baroque and neoclassical style, but the Russian style of medieval architecture is quite evident in the architecture of the church. The Blood Savior Church has 7500 square meters of mosaics, which is the largest mosaic in the world after the St. Louis Cathedral with 7700 square meters. The entrance of the church was made by the greatest Russian architects of that time, Victor and Vasilievsky, Mikhail Nesterov, and Mikhail Verubel. They were even better known than the chief architect of the church, Alfred Alexandrovich. The walls and the interior of the church are completely covered with gems, jewelry, and mosaics. The original images on the mosaics belong to the Bible, but with spectacular details and complexities.
If you decide to travel to Russia , you should see this extraordinary church with your own eyes, especially in the night. You will see the exquisite scene, shining jewelry domes, float tented roof with colorful clinker and nothing remains to be said.
Address: Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Height: 81 m
Phone: +7 812 315-16-36
Architect: Alfred Parland
Architectural styles: Art Nouveau, National Romantic style