The Resurrection Church of Our Saviour is one of the most ornate and beautiful buildings in St. Petersburg, and perhaps the whole of Russia. On a sunny day its decorative exterior, rich in gold and enamels, captures the sunshine and releases it in a riot of luminous colour.
Sad to think, then, that it actually commemorates a horrific murder that took place on this spot in 1881.
In March of that year, Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in the centre of St. Petersburg by a revolutionary’s bomb. The Emperor actually survived the initial part of the attack unhurt, secure within his bullet-proof carriage. Yet thinking the danger had passed, he left the safety of the carriage to inspect the damage caused by the first device, only to have his body shattered by a subsequent bomb.
Little wonder the building constructed as a memorial by his heir, Alexander III, is more commonly known as the Church on Spilled Blood.
The jumble of towers and domes, with no two appearing the same, is undoubtedly what first catches the eye.
The Church on Spilled Blood is one of countless treasures that combine to form the Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to Yana Kazakova, our marvelous guide arranged through Guide Guru, for introducing us to it.
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