Russian city St. Petersburg is one of the few places I’ve visited that has really wowed me. I had expected it to be amazing, after all I’d seen pictures, read about the history and spent hours researching what to do and see there. But nothing could have prepared me for actually being there. It’s a unique and fascinating city with some of the most incredible architecture I’ve ever fixed my eyes upon. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood was without a doubt my favourite building in the city, and probably my favourite building in the world.
I visited on a bright summers day in June. The strong sunshine made the colours adorning the bright red exterior shimmer brightly. The gold domes on the top of the building were glinting at certain angles. One thing I learned about the Russians during my time in St. Petersburg was how much they LOVE gold. My visit to Catherine’s Palace, an imperial residence outside the city, showed me this. There’s gold everywhere in that place!
The entirety of the interior is covered in the most intricate and beautiful mosaics. It literally takes your breath away.
It is named The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood because Tsar Alexander was attacked and mortally wounded on this spot on the banks of the Griboedov Canal in the late 19th Century.
I could have lay down on the floor and stared up at the mosaics for hours in The Church on the Spilled Blood. I wish I’d had more time to spend there, it truly is a masterpiece.
It’s quite dark inside the church, so the long thin windows that let in bright slivers of light illuminate the mosaics close to them. In the above photo the light coming in the windows lights the arches above perfectly.
I fell totally in love with this majestic building. I even have a picture of it up next to my desk so when I’m sick of working and looking for an effective procrastination tactic, I just sit and admire it. If you ever get the chance to visit St. Petersburg, I urge you to take it. It’s a city that grasped me pretty hard, and refuses to let go.