CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD

This church is situated along the Griboyedov Canal with a paved walkway running along both sides of the canal. It is also known as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded by political nihilists in March 1881. Building of the church began in 1883 by his son Alexandra III during his reign and was finished in 1907 when Nicholas II was in power. It cost an estimated 4.5m Rubles. The construction was funded by the imperial family. On a few of the tours this church will be offered because it is a must. The interior is quite impressive though our favourite church is still a little visited church in a part of Rome often ignored but on the end of our Angels and Demons film tour as Dan used it. Certainly on the Emperors and Assassinations Tour, and the St Petersburg Explorer you will get to see this very impressive church; the church of the spilled blood. You guide will let you in on a group ticket if it is included with the tour, but the guide does not guide you inside. Here, inside this church, where it is crammed and crowded. It is one of the worst places for pick pockets. Beware. In book two of Solo Cruiser that happens on the Baltic, Sally Katz includes a story where a lens was unclipped from someone’s camera in the crowded church of the spilled blood. That was us relaying a true story to her as she used our films built the novel around a real cruise. Don’t carry anything you don’t need.

The church is in the medieval Russian architecture style and intentionally resembles the 17th-century Yaroslavl churches like St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. It has over 7500 square meters of mosaics only surpassed by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which has 7700 square meters of mosaics.

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Tips.

  1. Take something to eat and drink or schedule a stop, the day is long and can be tiring.
  2. Do not carry a wallet or bag you do not need, do not talk to hawkers or people handing out leaflets unless you are aware of the situation and someone is watching your back. Pickpockets work with leaflet givers and book sellers.
  3. Walking Shoes and what to pack. This is a walking cruise, maybe seven stops with seven cities to explore. Be pared.
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