Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg

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#1 of 3,720 in Historic Sites in Russia
Easily recognized by its richly decorated facade and onion domes, Savior on the Spilled Blood marks the spot of Emperor Alexander II's assassination. Designed in the traditional Russian style and completed in 1907, the elaborately decorated church famously contains over 7,500 sq m (80,800 sq ft) of mosaics, more than any other religious structure in the world. Intricately detailed mosaics completely cover the interior walls and ceilings, depicting various biblical scenes and figures. The church claims a prominent spot on a 5 km (3.1 mi) canal, cutting through this part of the city since the 1730s. To see the interior, remember that foreign visitors must pick up their tickets and photography permits at the administrative office just inside the church. Use our St. Petersburg travel route planner to add Savior on the Spilled Blood and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • Impressive architecture. The mosaic paintings reflect a special atmosphere and at the same time convey the many efforts that such a magnificent building must have required.
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  • Please take a close look on the photos comparing the state of this church on earlier decades! What a job in refurbishment. Overwhelming mosaics, different colour stonework. A masterpiece.  more »
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  • Having spent a decent chunk of time in Europe I have seen my fair share of churches/cathedrals. This would rank above most in terms of it's architectural design and stunning interior mosaics. The detail and beauty of each mosaic is mind blowing particularly when you consider the man hours that must have gone into it!
  • ONE OF A KIND!! You have never seen a church like this. Over the top is not an overstatement this place has more decoration than Santa's grotto. Every which way you look at this place from the outside and inside reveals something spectacular to look at. The history of the place is also very interesting. Worth going to no matter how long you are in at Petersburg for, an absolute highlight
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