Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, Saint-Petersburg Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, Saint-Petersburg

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    This is a very singular, but also one of the most famous churches in Russia!
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Spectacular church in neo-moscovit style on the Griboyedov canal. Its name is a reference to the attack that caused the death of Czar Alexander II.

My experience, Explo description: 

Czar Alexander II reigned from 1855 to 1881. He was regarded as a reformer Czar: abolition of serfdom, relief of censorship, reform of judicial, military and educational systems. However, taking into account the important democratic backwardness of Russia's regime, it was not sufficient. After seven attempts failed, he was murdered in 1881 by the more radical elements of the populist movement Narodnaya Volya (people's will). His son, Alexandre III, decided to raise a memorial church at the location of the attack. The construction of the church started in 1883 and was completed in 1907.

Parlty destroyed during WW2, it suffered more from the Soviet era.

Left as abandoned during this period, it served as store for potatoes and as a theatrical scenery. Restoration was completed in 1998.

Neo-moscovite external style reminds Moscow Saint-Basile church and contrasts with the baroque and neo-classicism of most Petersburger buildings. The building is topped by five large colorful bulbs, all different. On a background of red brick, facades are aerated by numerous openings. The polychrome and richness of decoration are interesting.

A very nice iron grid ("art nouveau" style) separates church from a Park.

Inside, the atmosphere is much heavier. Ground are richly coated with precious marble floors. Walls are covered with 7000 square meters of mosaics to bottom blue that give a very special atmosphere. They recount episodes of the New Testament, sometimes making the parallel between the benefits of Jesus and those of the tsar. The pillars are dedicated to the lives of the saints of the Orthodox Church.

Beautiful pink marble iconostasis.

A tip to eat: 

Many restaurants along the canal Griboyedov, in front of Saint-Sauvior.

A little further:
Elki-Palki, Malaya ulitsa Koniouchennaia 9; restaurant with servers in costume, warm ambience. All you can eat for less than €10.
Stolle: Konushenny Lane 1/6. Open continuously from 9: 00 to 21 h.
Chain of fast food that offers "pirogui" kinds stuffed briochés breads. Exists in salty or sweet. Attention: externally they look all the same. Ask before ordering. Excellent, fast and cheap. Can be consumed on site or take away.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

11am - 19pm

Closed on wednesdays

Visit duration: 

1 h

Entry fees: 

A rare case where you have to pay to get into a church!

320 rbs = €8
License photos: 50 rbs