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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Russia > St Petersburg

A bit of history

The Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood was built between 1883 and 1907 on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assasinated. The tragic event took place on 13 March 1881 when the Tsar had survived an explosion after a bomb was thrown at his carriage, but died after a second bomb was thrown as he got out of the carriage.

During Communist rule following the Russian Revolution, the church was badly damaged. Many of the mosaics were affected as the Church was used as a storage barn for potatoes until restoration work began in 1970 following the church's redesignation as a museum.

What is the Church on Spilled Blood?

Interestingly enough, this church is not and never has been a functioning religious establishment. Its original intention as a shrine never encorporated the church to be used for services and it has never been consecrated.

The interior of the church is covered by an awe-inspiring mosaic. Every part of the church from the floor to the walls and ceilings is covered by some 7,500 square metres of mosaic designs - more than any other church in the world.

Opening Times

January 1st to April 30th

  • Sunday to Tuesday: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM

May 1st to September 30th

  • Sunday to Tuesday: 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday: 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM

October 1st to December 31st

  • Sunday to Tuesday: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Price Information

Entry to Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Adult : 250.00 RUB
  • Children : 50.00 RUB

Evening openings of the Cathedral in the summer only

  • General : 400.00 RUB
Address

2, Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboedova

Saint Petersburg

Russia 191186

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