Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg

Savior on Spilled Blood is the most picturesque church in St Petersburg. It’s hard to believe when you look at its colorful facade that it’s built on the site where the tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded   in 1881. The official name of the  building  is the cathedral of Resurrection of Christ, but it’s generally known as the Savior on Spilled blood. It has always been more a memorial to  Tsar the Liberator (a nickname given to Alexander II as he abolished serfdom in Russia) than a functioning church. Tsar Alexander III wanted the church to look as traditional old Russian churches, but it’s interesting that the architect whose project won the competition, Alfred Parland, had Scottish origin.  The construction works in the church were completed in 1907 and inside the church has some traits of art-deco style like floral ornaments. All the walls and ceilings of Savior on Spilled Blood are covered with more than 7000 square metersof mosaics created by the most prominent artists of the time.  The place where the mortally wounded tsar lied bleeding by the embankment of Griboedov canal is preserved inside the church.

Today the Savior on Spilled Blood is open for visitors and administratively is a branch of St Isaac’s cathedral. It’s situated close to the Nevsky prospect metro station (exit to Griboedov canal ).

The museum is opened daily except Wednesday. Working hours:

May 1 – September 15: 10.00 – 19.00
Booking-office closes at 18.00

May 1 – September 30: evening museum 18.15 – 23.00
Booking-office is closed at 22.00

September 16 – April 30: 11.00 – 19.00
Booking-office is closed at 18.00

You can see the Savior on Spilled blood church during the private walking tour of St Petersburg