Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood#2 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg
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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.
- Across the road there's an exhibit that takes a compelling look at the life of Alexander II." -- Fodor's
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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 massive complex has six buildings, including the Winter Palace, which was the home of the Tsars 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 on the globe. It draws more than two million visitors each year -- in fact, this museum is the main reason some travelers visit St. Petersburg in the first place. Recent travelers are full of praise, with one TripAdvisor user claiming, "This place makes other museums look unimportant."
Bursting at the seams with art from masters like Da Vinci and Picasso, the Hermitage is "virtually wallpapered with celebrated paintings," says Fodor's, who goes on to suggest you budget a substantial amount of time to explore. "It has been estimated that in order to spend one minute on each object on display, you would have to devote several years to the museum," they write.
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