Church of the Savior on Blood
Place: Griboyedov Canal On the map
Construction time: 1883-1907
Architects: Alfred Parland, archimandrite Ignaty (Malishev)
Style: Pseudo-Russian (romantic nationalism)
Notable features: In accordance with the instructions of Alexander III the church was designed on the model of old Russian Orthodox churches of Moscow and Yaroslavl, constructed in XVI-XVII centuries. That is why similarity with St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square is not accidental.
Symbolic meaning: The church is a memorial to Alexander II. The emperor, who abolished the serfdom, was mortally wounded in this place in March 1, 1881 as a result of the eighth assassination attempt on him. At the bottom of the church is the granite plaques on which are fixed the main events of his reign. On the bell tower you can see emblems of Russian cities and provinces – the symbols of national mourning for the dead emperor. In the temple preserved the pavement, on which the emperor fell after the fatal explosion. Inside and outside the cathedral is decorated with more than 7000 square meters of mosaics.
Interesting facts: In Soviet time the Bolsheviks wanted to blow up the church, but beginning of the Great War 1941-1945 broke down their plans. Before the War in the church was vegetable warehouse, during the War it was morgue, after – the place for scenery of Small Theater of Opera and Ballet. Cathedral reopened only in 1998.
About Museum: The cathedral functions as a museum. Working hours: 11:00am-18:00 pm (in summer time 11.00am- 22:30pm). Day off: Wednesday. Tickets: adults – 250 rubles, students with ISIC – 150 rubles. Attention, from 18:00 prices double, discounts do not work!