Church of the saviour on spilled blood

A Monument of Mosaic Art

Visitors to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood will instantly see a resemblance to St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, with the multi-coloured cupolas and intricate exterior. It took 24 years to build and also served as a memorial to the assassinated Tsar Alexander II on the same site. Its alternative titles include Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

Architecturally the cathedral is a throw-back to medieval Russia, differing from the neo-classical and baroque buildings elsewhere in the city. Tsar Alexander III mad an effort to revive Russian romantic nationalism through intentional designs such as this.

The interior is just as exquisite as you would expect, echoing the finest in Russo-Byzantine-style cathedrals seen elsewhere such as the Kremlin, with religious mosaics, chandeliers and not a space on the walls that isn’t decorated. More than any other church in the world, it contains over 7500 square metres of mosaics.

In the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1917 it was badly damaged and looted inside. The Soviet government closed it to the public in the 1930s and suffered further damage in Second World War, where it served as a morgue for the many dead during the Siege of Leningrad.

After 27 years of restoration it was reopened in 1997 and has since served as a fine museum, rather than a place of public worship. Tour to st Petersburg