Church on Spilled Blood
More religion! The breathtakingly spectacular Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood is built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in St Petersburg in 1881. Alexander assumed power in 1855 after Russia’s defeat in the Crimean war against Britain, France and Turkey. Alexander initiated many reforms, including freeing the Russian serfs in 1861 and a rigorous program of military, judicial and urban reforms never before attempted in Russia. There were several attempts on his life, including an explosion in the Winter Palace. Alexander II was eventually assassinated by revolutionaries who threw a bomb at his carriage.
The church built between 1883 and 1907 was officially called the Resurrection of Christ Church but is universally known as The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Funded by the imperial family, the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with wonderfully colourful and detailed mosaics. The church was closed in the 1930s, when the Bolsheviks destroyed churches throughout the country. It survived and remained closed and under restoration for about 30 years, finally re-opening in the late 1990s in all its incredible former glory.