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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The church of the Savior on Spilled Blood photo. The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood (Спас на Крови, Church on Spilled Blood) is one of the most famous sights of St. Petersburg. It was built on the site where an attempt on the emperor’s life in St. Petersburg happened. Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded 1 (13) March 1881. Stones with traces of the blood of the tsar are preserved inside the cathedral until now.

The church is particularly popular among foreign tourists. Artists, live music, souvenirs sellers are usually working next to the cathedral.

Why this church is so popular with tourists? There are several reasons for this.

Brief history of the cathedral

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Church on Spilt Blood or Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ ) in Saint Petersburg was built on the place where was attempt to kill Emperor Alexander I. Church is located in the historic center of St. Petersburg on the “Griboyedov” canal embankment. The height of the temple is 81 m.

Construction of the temple began in October 1883. The cathedral was consecrated August 6, 1907. It was decided to destroy the church in November 1931, but this decision was not implemented. The cathedral housed a mortuary during the Second World War. There was a warehouse after the war in the temple. The cathedral was get under state protection in 1968.

The museum “Church on Spilt Blood“ was opened for visitors August 19, 1997. The Cathedral is a branch of the "St. Isaac's Cathedral" museum. Entrance to the Cathedral is for an extra charge. (Full ticket cost 250 rubles, 2016.)

There are located close to this place: the Russian Museum, the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Mikhailovsky Castle, Summer Garden, the Field of Mars, Nevsky Prospekt.

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Submitted by Serg A Nik on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:07

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