Saint Petersburg‘s Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood impressed us — we had not seen such an ornate, fanciful church. The church was built as a memorial on the site where the Russian tsar was assassinated in 1881. From wikipedia, “On March 13, 1881 (Julian date: March 1), as Tsar Alexander’s carriage passed along the embankment, a grenade thrown by an anarchist conspirator exploded. The tsar, shaken but unhurt, got out of the carriage and started to remonstrate with the presumed culprit. A second conspirator took the chance to throw another bomb, killing himself and mortally wounding the tsar.”
Shown below, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood has decorated onion domes like St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. The canal embankment was extended into the canal so that the church stands where the tsar was killed.
An alter in the church marks the exact spot where the tsar’s blood was spilled. The interior walls of the church are covered with figures and decorations, examples of baroque architecture.
An icon-covered wall called an iconostasis separates the main body of the church from the sanctuary, where the bishop and priests sit. The icon of Christ is to the right of the iconostasis door.
There’s an icon of Christ on the bottom of the cupola of the dome over the nave, the main body of the church. Windows in the tower illuminate the Christ icon.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is now a museum, and we were free to take photos. Most people approach the church by walking along the Griboyedov Canal from Nevsky Prospekt, and this is the view they see. In early October, the Saint Petersburg had fall colors.
Finally, the onion domes are so colorful!