The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, also known as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Ordered by Alexander III in memory of his father, the construction of the Church began in 1883 to end in 1907 under the reign of Nicholas II. Situated on the Griboedov canal, the Church, as can be seen on the first picture below and on the adjoining map, extends over the original embankment to enclose within its walls the site where the Tsar’s blood was spilled on March 13th, 1881. The architecture of the Church (medieval Russian architecture) contrasts with that of Saint Petersburg, neoclassical and baroque, conferring it a striking appearance.

Only ten years after it was completed however, the Church was ravaged in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution and closed by the Soviets in the 1930s. Serving as a morgue during the Second World War, it then became a warehouse for vegetables, yielding yet more damage. Only in 1970 did the Church’s restoration begin that would last 27 years, three years longer than it took to build it. Today, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood hosts the Museum of Mosaic. Fully dedicated in memory of Tsar Alexander II, it has, in fact, never been used as a public place of worship.

If you like the pictures in this gallery, you might also like the pictures of Nikolsky Cathedral, the pictures of Peter and Paul’s Fortress, all on :) The pictures in this gallery were shot with a Canon EOS 40D associated with Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM.

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