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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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  • Based on my experience, outside is more interesting than inside. The painting on the interior walls are not so attractive. You can find more beautiful ones easily in other cities of Russia. I love... 
    Based on my experience, outside is more interesting than inside. The painting on the interior walls are not so attractive. You can find more beautiful ones easily in other cities of Russia. I love...  more »
  • This beautiful church, which aesthetically reminds of St Basil, was built in order to remember the killing of Tsar Alexander II; its name comes from this. Nowadays it’s the most iconic and touristic.....  more
    This beautiful church, which aesthetically reminds of St Basil, was built in order to remember the killing of Tsar Alexander II; its name comes from this. Nowadays it’s the most iconic and touristic.....  more »
  • Historical monument. Fully restored with beautiful artwork (inside and out). The history and story of the church is absolutely stunning. We are lucky it survived such a hard road. 
    Historical monument. Fully restored with beautiful artwork (inside and out). The history and story of the church is absolutely stunning. We are lucky it survived such a hard road.  more »
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  • Cathedral On the Spilled Blood, Saint petersburg This place is one of the main center of Russian orthodox Christianity. The orthodox Christianity is bit different from roman catholics. Different rituals, different patriach and different design of church. This cathedral is one of the most cathedrals in the world. The decorations both inside and out are beyond anyone's imagination. The mosiac walls are common in middle eastern churches but it's interesting to see this art reached far north in russia.Its very interesting to how they make an image with small stones of different colors. Its a pain staking job and the final result is breathtaking.this is something like pixels on lcd screens. Origins of orthodox Christianity is in Israel (Infact Judaism, Christianity, Islam all have roots in jerusalem) then to holy roman empire in istanbul and eventually found its way to Russia. My effort to capture the beauty and detail with a mere mobile phone is definitely futile as nothing can compensate the beauty of this place but the human eye.
  • One of the most beautiful churches in the world. Audioguide is available for a small extra charge (2.5 EUR), however fully worth it to get to know the story why this church was build and what the purpose is of the interior
  • As this Church much reminds on St. Basil's in Moscow it's not that old (neither is St. Pet as a city), but it has a very interesting history and breathtaking interiors which make it a must visit site. History facts: - it was built in 1883 to commemorate the place of Tsar Alexander II assassination in 1881 - therefore "spilled blood", - the Romanov imperial family funded the project, - in order to house the exact place of assassination inside the Church, they narrowed the canal, - after the 1917 Revolution overthrowing the Imperial regime, it was looted and semi-destroyed, - WWII and Leningrad siege brought further destroy and it was turned into a morgue, - after WWII Communist regime banned Church services likewise in all Russia, making it a warehouse, - it was rebuilt during the 90's and reopened in 1997 - toady it's not a working Church, but the world's biggest mosaic museum with over 7.500 sqm of amazing artwork. - photography is allowed, entry fee around 8$
  • Best feeling ever to spend those 2-3 hours with amazing view just by walking next to Kazan cathedral . Totally refreshing n soulful place . I am totally in love with this . Thank you Russia ♥️🇷🇺🥂
  • Such as mesmerizing place in town. It's fun to visit this place, specially for taking photos. And there's a lot of people selling goods and merch with affordable price. Also the people are nice and so welcomed. I need to visit this place again. I would like to take a chance to going inside, cause I haven't yet.

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