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The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is the symbol of St. Petersburg and Russia – the first church established on the spot death of the emperor Alexander II, one of the many victims of the coming revolution. The Church was built and consecrated in 1907 by architect A. Parland. The city’s architecture is predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical, but the Savior on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism. It intentionally resembles the 17th-century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia

The main decoration of the facade is a mosaic depicting the coats of arms of Russian cities, provinces and districts, located on three sides by the bell tower.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ground part of the cathedral is covered with Serdobolsk granite, installed in the basement twenty commemorative plaques, made of dark-red granite, with gilt letters on them designate acts of the Emperor Alexander II: the main event of February 19, 1855 to March 1, 1881.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The entrance to the church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

The entrance to the church of the Savior on Spilled Blood draw up two steps, adjacent to the bell tower. Between symmetrically placed entrances placed a crucifix, executed in mosaic. The interior of the church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is strikingly magnificent. The walls of the cathedral almost completely covered with mosaic images, the work of talented craftsmen of St. Petersburg and Russia. The central place is given to mosaics created from sketches, by famous Russian artist V.M. Vasnetsov, “The Virgin and Child” and “Savior.”

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia

Another feature of the interior decoration of the church of the Savior on Blood is the stones and semi precious stones, which decorate the iconostasis, the walls and floor of the building.

Deesis (artist Vladimir Belyaev). The north side

Deesis (artist Vladimir Belyaev). The north side

The four pillars of the Altai jasper warrant porch of the cathedral. Stored in the shadow of the peculiar relics of the temple – part of the lattice of Catherine Canal and cobble stones, on which fell mortally wounded Alexander II.

Descent from the Cross (the artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

Descent from the Cross (the artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

Descent into Hell (the artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

Descent into Hell (the artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

Iconostasis

Iconostasis in The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

interior decoration of the church of the Savior on Blood

interior decoration of the church of the Savior on Blood

interior decoration of the church of the Savior on Blood

interior decoration of the church of the Savior on Blood

North wing. Saint prince Alexander Nevsky (artist Mikhail Nesterov)

North wing. Saint prince Alexander Nevsky (artist Mikhail Nesterov)

Northern Kyot

Northern Kyot

Savior (painter Viktor Vasnetsov)

Savior (painter Viktor Vasnetsov)

South wing

South wing

St. Prince Alexander Nevsky and the Holy Face

St. Prince Alexander Nevsky and the Holy Face

The Crucifixion of Christ (the artist AA Parland)

The Crucifixion of Christ (the artist AA Parland)

The Crucifixion of Christ (the artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

The Crucifixion of Christ (the artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

The Resurrection of Christ (artist Mikhail Nesterov)

The Resurrection of Christ (artist Mikhail Nesterov)

The Virgin (painter H. Bruni)

The Virgin (painter H. Bruni)

The Virgin and Child (The artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

The Virgin and Child (The artist Viktor Vasnetsov)

View of the southern arch

View of the southern arch

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