Saviour on the Spilt Blood Church
On this tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood in St Petersburg, Russia, you will get to see one of the finest landmarks of this beautiful city, a religious site with a tragic but fascinating history and unparalleled grandeur. The Saviour-on-the-Spilt-Blood Church lies in the heart of this ancient city, and is located along the Griboyedov Canal, in close proximity to such landmarks as the Mikhailovsky Garden, Mikhailovsky Theater, a major Russian museum, the Hermitage, and the Field of Mars. However, the location of the Savior on the Spilled Blood Church is special not only because it is surrounded by beautiful landmarks. The place where it stands is where a very tragic event in Russian history took place – the assassination of Emperor Alexander II.
The sequence of events that would lead to the construction of the Church on the Spilled Blood began on March 13, 1881. On this day, tsar Alexander was travelling along the embankment in his carriage when he fell victim to a bomb thrown by an anarchist. Though he was unhurt by the explosion, he exited the carriage, where he was assaulted a second time. The second bomb’s explosion proved to be fatal, and the tsar died in the Winter Palace several hours later. To commemorate the tragic event, a temporary shrine was erected at the place of the attack. In 1883, construction of a real memorial was initiated by Alexander III, and was completed in 1907. During the Revolution in 1917, it was looted and damaged, and served as a makeshift morgue during the Second World War. Things only started looking up for the Church of the Savior on Blood in 1970, when it was turned into a museum. Another positive development took place in 2005, when a project to recreate the once-present and glorious Holy Gates was undertaken.
Although there are many more interesting facts in the church’s history, you will probably be the most impressed by its beauty, both on the exterior and the interior. The church’s architecture is unique for a city with predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical historic buildings, because it has a Romantic Nationalism style that truly sets it apart. The man behind this architectural feat is Alfred Parland, an architect who came to fame by building this religious monument. Towering at 266 feet, the church has colorful domes and bright enamels reminiscent of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. There are nine domes in total, and one such dome located on the West Side even holds a bell tower. The interior of the church is also impressive, featuring over 7500 square meters of mosaics created by the most renowned Russian artists of that era. Apart from the colorful and regal mosaics adorning all of the church’s walls and ceiling, you will also get the chance to check out an elaborate shrine dedicated to the assassinated Alexander II. This shrine is situated in the exact place where the attack took place, and is garnished by stones like topaz and lazurite.
Please contact me and we will discuss the details.
Duration 4-6 hours.
The cost of my guiding services is 20 US $ (19 Euro) per hour for a group of up to 10 people.