A glimpse of St. Petersburg—Khram Spasa na Krovi

Also known as “Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood,” this church’s interior is one of the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen. Every inch is covered in mosaic scenes from the New Testament. And as you might imagine, I photographed nearly every inch of this place!  The church was begun in 1882 on the orders of Alexander III to commemorate his father, Alexander II, who had been slain on the site the year before. It was built in the neo-Russian style to resemble St. Basil’s in Moscow.

The first picture was taken from just inside the Mikhailovskiy Gardens, where I happened upon a young bride and groom taking wedding pictures (on a Monday, but I’ll get into that in my larger blog post on my trip!). 

 

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