Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main attractions in St. Petersburg, drawing crowds to its ornately decorated onion domes and the stunning mosaics housed within.
Alexander III commissioned the construction of the church in 1883 as a tribute to his slain father, Alexander II, who was assassinated on this site by a group of revolutionaries. The church's name references this murder and much of the art inside has a martyrdom theme.
Recent travelers rave about beauty of the church, with most deeming it a must-see. One Tripadvisor user says, "Thought it was so attractive on the outside, but my jaw did actually drop when I saw the breath taking mosaics on the inside." Travelers also say the church is small, so you'll probably be able to tour the inside in less than an hour.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, with the ticket office closing at 6 p.m. It is no longer an active church and admission will set you back approximately $10 USD (300 rubles). The church is located in the city center and is easily accessible from the Nevsky Prospekt metro station. The highly recommended Russian Museum is a short walk away.