The Church of The Savior on Blood

Church of the savior on bloodThe Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a Russian Orthodox church located in St. Petersburg in Russia. It is one of the main churches located in the city as well as one with the most striking features. The church may have quite a unique name. The name actually refers to the blood of Alexander II of Russia who was assassinated and mortally wounded on the same site on March 13, 1881.


The construction on the church began sometime in 1883. It was constructed by Alexander III as a memorial to his father. Work on the church took decades and was finally completed in 1907 under Nicolas II. The site where Alexander II was mortally wounded was enclosed inside the walls of the church. An elaborate shrine inside was constructed on the exact site decorated with topaz, lazurite and other precious stones.

Church Architecture

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was different from the other church architecture surrounding St. Petersburg. Most of the city’s architecture are predominantly influenced by Baroque and Neoclassical styles. The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood on the other hand was influenced greatly by medieval Russian architecture. The style of the Savior on Blood closely resembles the celebrated St. Basil’s Cathedral in terms of design and architecture.

The Church of the Savior on Blood is quite known for its mosaics. All in all, it contains over 7,500 square meters of mosaics, considered to be the most mosaics to contain in a church all over the world. The walls and ceilings inside the church are completely covered by intricate mosaics. The main pictures in the detailed mosaics were of popular biblical scenes and figures, with each picture intricately patterned with borders.

The said church was designed by some of the most noted artists in Russia, although its chief architect, Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, is a relative unknown. Some of the more noted artists who had a hand in the design of the church included Mikhail Nesterov, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

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