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Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood

That's a mouthful and church's name appears to be a 'lost in Translation', but I assure you it is not. This beautiful piece of architecture is one of the many Russian Orthodox Churches in St Petersburg. It dates back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. Currently it is undergoing restoration like so many European classics. It is actually both a secular museum and a functioning church today but initially it was a shrine.

Saviour of the Spilled Blood Church, St Petersburg

This church was built by Alexander III, but completed under Nicholas II.

The church was built on the bank where Alexander III's father, Alexander II, was assassinated.

This church was for memorial services of Alexander II. The cobbled street where Alexander III's blood was actually spilled remains featured and exposed as the floor. And that explains the name.

In the aftermath of the October Revolution of 1917, many of the Churches were destroyed. Others like this one were badly damaged, ransacked and looted by the Bolsheviks. The Soviets closed it in 1932. During WWII Siege it was used as a Morgue. In 1970 the church became a museum and which allowed funding of its restoration which was not completed until 1997.

It is now a major tourist attraction of St Petersburg

The church is impressive from every angle. Even walking to and from the Church I encountered beautiful moments

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