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Destination St. Petersburg: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Destination St. Petersburg: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Source: Flickr

With its multiple onion domes amongst which is the 81 m high bell tower, and the decorations with colorful glazes and ceramic tiles and stained glass, the Cathedral of the Savior or the Resurrection of Christ (official name) is one of the most recognizable symbols St. Petersburg.

Built between 1883 and 1907 on the model of the Moscow Cathedral of St. Basil, the church stands on the site where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded, in an attack on March 13, 1881, that is why the church was renamed the church the Savior on spilled blood.

Created at the behest of his son Alexander III as a memorial for the murdered father, the Temple was opened to the people by the Bolsheviks, with serious damage to the inside and beginning the deterioration. In the 30s, following the closure of religious buildings ordered by Stalin, it was used as a warehouse and storage.

Source: NationalGeografic

Abandoned for years, finally in 1970 began the long and troubled renovation work (27 years!) that returned the building to its former splendor. In addition to the spectacular appearance, the Savior's Church is famous for its beautiful and unique collection of mosaics that completely cover the interior walls.

The rich decoration of biblical inspiration mosaic was created by leading Russian artists (Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Ryabushkin) between the end of '800 and' 900, and occupies an area of nearly 6000 square meters. Hard to find elsewhere artworks of this size. Not to be missed.


Opening hours: daily (10.30 AM - 06.00 PM); May - September (10.30 AM - 10.30 PM) 

Admission: RUB 250.00 (Adult), RUB 50.00 (Children), RUB 400.00 (Evening openings in the summer)

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How to reach: Metro Nevsky Prospekt (M2); Metro Gostinyy Dvor (M3); Metro Admiralteyskaya (M5)

Address: Griboyedov Canal Embankment, 2A, San Pietroburgo 191011, Russia



Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.

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