Russian Architecture in the Heart of St. Petersburg
|Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood|
The name of the church is closely tied to its history. The story goes back to 1881. Tsar Alexander II was riding along the canal in a carriage when an anarchist threw a bomb at him in an attempted assassination. The Tsar was so upset with the bomber that he exited his carriage to reprimand him.
|Assassination of Alexander II|
A second anarchist, taking advantage of the situation, threw another bomb. Tsar Alexander II was severely injured and later died at the Winter Palace. His son Tsar Alexander III vowed to build a church on the very street where his father's blood was spilled. Today the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood straddles this spot.
|The Altar area|
|Details of mosaic tiles|
The interior walls are covered entirely in pictures made of mosaic tiles. They portray scenes from Biblical history including the life of Jesus and the twelve Apostles.
|The Christmas story in pictures|
Everywhere one looks, the story of the Bible is loudly proclaimed, entirely made of mosaics.
|Shrine to the Tsar|
In the back of the church, an elaborate shrine to Tsar Alexander II was built in the spot where he was assassinated. The covered structure is decorated with precious gems. The floor of the shrine is open down to the ground, exposing the cobblestone street where the assassination actually took place.
When you come to St. Petersburg, this should be on your "must see" list.