These pictures are from the exterior and interior of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This church is a super iconic building in Saint Petersburg and is a MUST SEE in person if you ever get a chance! In pictures it is hard to captures the grandness of this church!
The Church of the Savior was built from 1883 to 1907. The Construction was funded from the imperial family and many private donors. Construction started with Alexander III and was to be a memorial for his father Alexander II. The construction was completed by Nicolaus II.
The church its self is located right next to the Griboedov Canal, which makes for a breath taking view when walking around, or on a canal ride! The church was built after inspiration from the Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow in 17th-century style. The architecture is a mix between Baroque, Neoclassical and medieval Russian. The completed cathedral cost 4.6 million Rubels!
The interior of the cathedral is covered from ceiling to floor in stunning mosaics! When you see the pictures above its hard to tell that the art work is not paintings but small little individual colored tiles! There is 7500 square meters of mosaic tiles of art work, and darling floral borders. The creative borders were my favorite part! The mosaics are of biblical figures and stories. The mosaics were created by architect Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, and artists Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel.
In 1992 the Soviet government closed the church. It was used to house those who had passed from military, starvation, or illness, then after the ware to store vegetables. After the Russian Revolution, the church was resorted in a period of 27 years and reopened in August 1997. As of now the church does not run as a place of full time worship.
I can see why this place is so highly visited for tourists in Saint Petersburg! I did not want to put my camera down the entire time we were in there! Here is a vlog below from our travels this day and adventures at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood! Hope you have a great day!
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