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This church is known to Petersburgers as the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood – or even just the Church on the Blood – as it marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, the Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture.

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  • AnneRN
    AnneRNabout 6 years ago

    incredible photo and architecture well done

  • thank you Ann taken in feb 2008 on a very cold gloomy day

    – pault55

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 6 years ago

    WOW! just amazing!!!

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 6 years ago

    Absolutely glorious capture of this wonderful place, It is so magical in real life and you have really done it justice, wonderful picture

  • thanks you Hilary, I needed a little help from Photoshop to bring out its brilliance

    – pault55

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 6 years ago

    Great photo! Wonder what the inside looks like? Was Alexander 2 assasinated or just wounded?

  • Alexander II died of wounds inflicted in an attack by the terrorist group People’s Will. Immediately, his heir, Alexander II, declared his intention to erect a church on the site in his father’s memory, and moreover to have this church built in “traditional Russian” style – in distinction to what he saw as the contaminating Western influence of Petersburg
    The more than 7500 sq. meters of mosaics link Alexander II’s murder with the crucifixion.

    One of the most impressive elements of the church is the extravagant shrine constructed on the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded, which has maintained a special place within the church’s interior. It was constructed to Parland’s design, and completed in July 1907. Four columns of gray violet jasper serve as the base of the shrine. Rising up the shrine, small rectangular columns unite the carved stone awning and the decorated mosaic icons with images of the patron saint of the Romanov family. The columns are supported by a frieze and cornice and stone-carved pediment with vases of jasper along the corners.

    The church has an outstanding and varied collection of mosaic icons. Several icons were completed in the traditions of academic painting, modernist style and Byzantine icon painting.

    – pault55

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 6 years ago

    Wow! Thanks for the great info! I would love to see it one day being such a fan of Mosaics.

    Steph :-)
  • Cindy RN
    Cindy RNabout 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful, and love the history, the colors are spectacular!

  • Glen Allen
    Glen Allenabout 6 years ago

    Great colour, love the sky too.

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthabout 6 years ago

    Wow is that a feast for the eyes, I’m stunned

  • many thanks Larry, it is one photo i am very proud of

    – pault55

  • yorkylass
    yorkylassabout 6 years ago

    Magnificent building..great shot Paul

  • Astrid Pardew
    Astrid Pardewabout 6 years ago

    Lovely capture of an amazing structure!

  • thank you Astrid, St Petersburg is a very beautuful city

    – pault55

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