The brightly coloured domes of the Church on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg

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About Church on Spilled Blood

Located just off Nevsky Prospekt in the historic heart of the city, the Church on the Spilled Blood is St Petersburg's most elaborate church with five vividly coloured domes and ornamented brickwork. The exterior of the church rather resembles the famed St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square due to its whimsical, almost Disney-esque onion-bulbed turrets. Impossibly colourful mosaics and detailed stone carvings 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, making for a strikingly beautiful and lavish interior.

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The church was built on the site of Alexander II’s murder, which took place on the 1st March 1881. Building began in 1883 and took 24 years to complete with the construction of the church almost entirely funded by the imperial family and thousands of private donors. Officially called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ (The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood), some of Russia's most prominent artists were employed to design the detailed mosaics though interestingly, despite the church’s very obvious Russian style of architecture, its principle architect was not even Russian by birth.

The Church on the Spilled Blood in St Petersburg is open between 10:30am and 6pm between Thursday and Tuesday and the closest metro station is Nevsky Prospekt.

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