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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Saint Petersburg)

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Saint Petersburg)

 

  • Kanala Griboedova Naberezhnaya 2a
    Tel. 315- 1636
    Closed: Wed
    Metro: Nevsky Prospekt

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was constructed by Alexander III to commemorate the his father Alexander II who was murdered here in 1881 by the revolutionaries. In the Western part of the Church you can see actually part of the former road with the impression made by the bomb that was tossed at the emperor. That is why the Church seem to block the street. Death of the emperor Alexander II is still a major source of debate. Twenty years of abandoning selfdom he intended to give Russia its full constitution. So there is still a debate who was truly guiding the hands of the killers. Was it the liberal revolutionaries who want quick and easy solution without evolution of political system or was it the conservatives who wanted absolute monarchy? The question still lingers.

 

The style of the church is very similar to the of Saint Basil in Moscow. Alexander III was famous for his Russian patriotism and love for the medieval Russian culture. Thus he broke the usual style of the very western city by introducing a very Russian style. Initial attempt to make frescoes failed due to high humidity of the region so the solution was found fairly quickly. All the paintings were remade, but with mosaics. Timeless stone doesn't fade and looks fresh and colorful as in day when the church was first opened. The church underwent some renovations on the outside as well as its basement. People who worked here were surprised to find an unexploded aerial German bomb lodged in a wall since the World War II. Thankfully no one was hurt and it was extracted safely. God protects his house.

 

 

 


 

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