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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  • Is the Church name is awfully is very simple, with a strong presence. But time is not in appearance and staff on the way to the front.
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  • Very awesome site! As it was built even imagine can't. Even goose bumps ran when it was inside
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  • Worth a visit. Stunning building. Full of amazing mosaic type art paintings. Colours are stunning when the sun is shining, as it was on our visit. Thought it was strange, their were no stain glass win...  more »
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  • The most beautiful church in the city in my opinion. The exterior is of the of unique Russian style and interior is completely decorated with thousands of square feet of mosaics. It is just spectacular! They allow to take pictures inside which is nice. The church is still a working church but open to tourists everyday and it’s a must visit. The exterior of the main dome is under restoration these days but interior is completely done. The ticket is not expensive at all and you can even buy souvenirs inside which goes to the church fun in aid of maintaining it I believe.
  • Every building in this city is worth a visit, but only if you know the history behind that building. The church on the Spilled blood is worth a visit even if you don't know any history. If you do know why this church was build on this spot and why it has this specific name, then it just make it more of a must to see. The place where Alexander the Second was mortally wounded, this church was build by his grandson. Inside you can see the spot where he fell. The church looks great from outside, but do yourself a favor, spend the money and go inside. The huge mosaics is worth the visit. Another must see in this city.
  • The Church is amazing, it has what you think are Fresco's that are actually mosaic. It is dedicated to the assassination attempt on Alexander III who left his carriage after the first attempt, to see to his Cossack bodyguards, and then a second assassin throws a grenade, and he died as a result of this. Amazing building.
  • Beautiful church though this time parts of the domes were covered in scaffolding... Glad I was able to see it 5 years ago without that obstruction. This time was also during the world cup in Russia so they had a fan zone set up right in front that had many people there.
  • Such a vibrant city and such a extraordinary church its so vivid and vibrant it's so unique and such a deep history behind. This is a must visit in this beautiful city. Interior is a must not only the exterior!!!
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