Located just off Nevskiy Propekt, the
exterior of the church rather resembles famous St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square – due to its whimsical, almost Disneyesque onion - bulbed turrets.
The church was built on the site of Alexander II’s murder on 01 March 1881. The church was built between 1883 and 1907 and was officially called the Resurrection of Christ Church (The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood ). The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donators. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day (V.M. Vasnetsov, M.V. Nesterov and M.A. Vrubel). Interestingly, despite the church’s very obviously Russian aspect, its principle architect, A. Parland, was not even Russian by birth.
Impossibly colourful mosaics and elaborate stone carving are the main features of the church exterior, whilst
inside more than 20 types of minerals are lavished on the mosaics of the iconostasis, icon cases, canopy and floor. The interior of the Church on Spilled Blood is strikingly beautiful in its extravagant, yet sort of understated use of mosaics.
The Church on Spilled Blood is near St Petersburg. Listed below are some of our Holidays with St Petersburg
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...