Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

#2 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg
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Griboyedov Channel Embankment

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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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 visitors invariably raved about the beauty of the building, with the intricate mosaics inside regularly cited as being especially remarkable. Travelers also said 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 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, with the ticket office closing at 5:30 p.m. Evening admission is also available from late April to late September from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. It is no longer an active church and admission will set you back 350 rubles (or about $5.50). Audio guides are available for an extra 200 rubles (around $3). 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. For more information, visit the official website.

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#1 Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace

Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage Museum in 1764 as a place to house her private art collection. The main museum complex comprises six buildings, including the Winter Palace, which was the home of the czars for almost 200 years. It finally opened to the public in 1852, and since then has been one of the largest and most interesting museums in the world. It draws more than 4 million visitors each year – in fact, this museum is the main reason some travelers visit St. Petersburg in the first place. Recent travelers offered fulsome praise for both the art on display and the opulent building housing the works. For many, the only downside was the constant crowds.

Bursting at the seams with art from masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso, the Hermitage demands a substantial commitment of time to see even a portion of its collection, which encompasses 3 million works of art and artifacts. Some previous visitors reported spending seven hours touring the grounds. If you plan to spend a considerable amount of time admiring the works, consider purchasing the two-day entrance ticket.

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