The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Sankt Petersburg

The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Sankt Peteresburg

The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Sankt Peteresburg ©thisisbossi/Flick

The gorgeous Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Sankt Petersburg is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city. The church was built in the late 19th century in classic Russian style, decorated with colored domes and with the most diverse mosaics.

The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus also known as the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood or even just the Church on the Blood, is a Russian Orthodox masterpiece that was built in honor of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, who was assassinated on the spot where this church stands today, hence the reference to spilled blood.

 

The section of the street where the murder took place today is within the walls of the church and the exact position where the crime occurred is now inside a chapel of the church.

Architect and costs of the marvelous Church of Resurrection

At the request of Alexander III, son of Tsar Alexander II, the construction of the church began in 1883. The funds for this magnificent structure are almost entirely supported by the Russian Imperial family but also from several other donations. The project was completed in 1907.

The main architect responsible for the project was Alfred Alexandrovich Parland who happened to be born on Russian land. The architecture of the church is very different from other buildings or structures in St. Petersburg, which mostly belong to baroque and neo-classical styles. The Church of Resurrection was built in the period of Russian nationalism; hence the Russian classical style of this building.

The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Sankt Peteresburg

The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Sankt Peteresburg ©thisisbossi/Flick

At a quick look at the exterior and interior, you can easily see why the church cost about 4.6 million rubles, more than the initial budget of 3.6 million. The exterior was designed to be similar to another beautiful cathedral that is famous in the whole world – St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

Being one of the most beautiful sights of St. Petersburg, the church has over 7000 square meters of mosaics, mostly designed by famous artists of the time which include Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel. Most of the drawings depict biblical scenes or saints and some of them are just simple designs. The colorful domes, of which the central one has a height of 81 meters, are covered with shiny enamel.

The interior of the Church on the Blood in St Peteresburg

The interior of the Church on the Blood in St Peteresburg ©Suomi Star/Flick

Damages and renovation of the Church of Resurrection

During the revolution in 1917, many parts of the church were looted and the interior was badly damaged. In the ’30s, the Soviets closed the church completely, as they did with all the churches in St. Petersburg. During the war it was used as storage for food and suffered more damage. Immediately after the war became a warehouse for a local opera troupe.

In 1970 the St. Isaac Cathedral took charge of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the funds coming from the cathedral (which then was just a museum) were used to restore the church. The restoration was completed in 1997 and now the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood is one of the top tourist attractions in St. Petersburg.

The church is located on Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboyedova 2, it is opened daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except from Wednesday, when is closed and the ticket costs 250 rubles.

The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood in Sankt Peteresburg

The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood in Sankt Peteresburg ©J.Elliott/Flick

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