Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg

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Easily recognized by its richly decorated facade and onion domes, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood marks the spot of Emperor Alexander II's assassination. Designed in the traditional Russian style and completed in 1907, the elaborately decorated church famously contains over 7,500 sq m (80,800 sq ft) of mosaics, more than any other religious structure in the world. Intricately detailed mosaics completely cover the interior walls and ceilings, depicting various biblical scenes and figures. The church claims a prominent spot on a 5 km (3.1 mi) canal, cutting through this part of the city since the 1730s. To see the interior, remember that foreign visitors must pick up their tickets and photography permits at the administrative office just inside the church. Use our St. Petersburg travel route planner to add Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • An unmissable site when in St. Petersburg. Accessible near a metro. The walk from the main avenue (Nevsky Prospekt) to the church is a classic St. P rite of passage. Interior is wallpapered by breatht...  more »
  • I came here during off peak hours which was way better to avoid the tourist buses and was worth it, beautiful art and Gold worth seeing  more »
  • Beautiful. A must stop in at Petersburg. Great history and story. Crowded. Pick pockets. Be careful. But go!!!!  more »
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  • An iconic example of Russian architecture, that of which reminds you of Tetris. Beautiful inside and out. Outside, there are also street performers, vendors and pickpockets so beware. Inside is a colorfully majestic experience. Luckily, you get inside without much people because usually it gets packed with tourists.
  • It's probably one of the best things to see in St Petersburg. I had high expectations of the city, but it is flat, grey and all the buildings are similar. This building is perhaps one of the few that stands out. It's very popular and set in quite a nice quarter of the city. The architecture is amazing and quite photogenic, so you will take many more photos than you will ever want to see again or keep. Inside the church is extremely ornate with all the walls and ceilings painted. It's all very 'gold' and rich. Outside there are artists trying to sell their paintings and artistry, which is probably all imported from China.
  • The church is a work of art both inside and out. It has been well maintained and was a true experience of Russian culture. There are souvenir markets outside all around the church, which is in itself an experience worth visiting for.
  • Coolest sight in St. Petersburg. Truly stunning inside and out! Crowded but not unbearable. Purchased tickets from the machines, no line. Skip the audioguide, too pedantic.
  • It's an impressive building. Many confuse it with St. Basil's cathedral on the Red Square Moscow. Which many confuse it with the Kremlin. So much for confusion

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