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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  • This iconic, former cathedral, is visually stunning from the outside. Definitely worth a look on the inside too, but it is now a museum.  more »
  • Came to see the number one tourist site and it is stunning interesting to learn the history and what the church was used for by our guide other than a church. Truly stunning mosaics as others have...  more »
  • For me the visit of this church was just a bit above average as the tower is in the progress of renovation which did mean, that photos are worthless at the moment from the outside. Inside the church.....  more »
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  • Fascinating architecture that if you are in Saint Petersburg u MUST visit this place! The interesting part start when u get inside the church, and then u see the real beauty , the arts and the painting made inside an interesting and attractive place for any person even the one who don’t like this type of attraction, highly recommended. Awesome!
  • Absolutely stunning! This church is so so beautiful, and the architecture is out of this world. Worth the visit. The walls inside are all covered with magnificent art. It's a memorable place. Only small issue is that it's currently ongoing some restoration/reparation and it will continue for a couple of years from what I was told by a local tour guide. That was a bit of a disappointment but other than that this church is beautiful. They allow to take pictures, and they have small souvenirs near the exit too.
  • Pictures simply cannot adequately capture the beauty & majesty of this cathedral. For a detail oriented person you could spend hours inside easily!
  • Really nice church but quite small. Beautiful from in side and outside. Paintings are interesting and lot of different styles.
  • Beautiful slice of Russian history. Go in October , much quieter ... tad cold but not freezing. Also buy tickets from the automated machines!
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