One of the most iconic sights in Saint Petersburg is without a doubt the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. With its multihued and golden domes it epitomizes the image we have of Russia the most. Scenically located along the Griboyedova canal the church is a beauty both inside and out and therefore we dedicate a separate picture blog to it.

Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia

During our eleven day stay in Saint Petersburg we passed the church on several occasions – with the sun out, when it was cloudy and after sunset when, during the white nights, the sun never really disappears behind the horizon. Every time we walked by or saw it in the distance, the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood never failed to impress us.

Restored as a museum

Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia

The church was actually built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was murdered in 1881, hence its prosaic name. The imperial family funded the construction and it took 24 years to complete, the church being consecrated in 1907. During Soviet times it was neglected, but in the 1970’s a restoration program started, resulting 27 years later in one of the most beautiful buildings in St Petersburg.

Now it functions as a museum. The interior certainly is worth the surprisingly low entrance fee. The walls of the church are covered by breathtakingly gorgeous mosaics, each wall featuring a particular Biblical theme. The only downside of a landmark of this magnificence is that every visitor to Saint Petersburg wants to see the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, so it can get very crowded inside.

We visited Saint Petersburg in June 2016

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Roel Kerkhof

Restless wanderer, retired cyclist and triathlete, geographer and writer. Man with a mission impossible: to visit all countries in the world.

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