Spilled Blood Cathedral

5 Nov

My favorite building in St. Petersburg was the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood. The name refers to the place where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. This spot became the site for this amazing church and inside there is still an area of exposed foundation to mark the exact location of Alexander II’s death. Alexander III held a competition for this church to be executed in a “purely Russian style of the 17th century.” Construction began in 1883 by the winner of the competition, the Russian architect Alfred Parland. Almost twenty-five years later, this church, including the interior with its magnificent mosaics with over twenty different Russian minerals and an ample amount of Italian marble,  was completed.

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4 Responses to “Spilled Blood Cathedral”

  1. Diana November 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    I do love Russian cathedrals too. My favorite one is St.Basil from Moscow but I think all churches have pretty much the same style.
    The architecture makes me think about tiny houses made out of ginger bread. And during the winter they are even more beautiful 🙂

    • hellosinki November 7, 2010 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Diana. Thanks for your comment. I can’t wait to see a Russian church in the snow one day–sounds remarkable 🙂

  2. Nichole November 7, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    This cathedral has a lot to live up to, with such a dramatic name but it delivers. I too love the Russian take on churches. Tangentially, that it why I have always loved the Basilica San Marco in Venice because it seemed so “eastern” in its style.

    • hellosinki November 7, 2010 at 8:22 am #

      Yes, this cathedral really reminded me of San Marco, too, because both exquisite interiors are entirely made of mosaic! I think that they are meant to be viewed in candlelight!

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