Notes on the Cathedral of the Saviour on Spilt Blood

These are some other views of Saviour of Spilt Blood (Храм Спас на Крови) near the Griboedov Canal in St. Petersburg, built as a memorial on the spot where Alexander II was assassinated.  Interesting that "No baptisms, funeral services, weddings, or other traditional church services were held in the Church on the Blood, as this was not in Alexander III's plans. However, weekly requiems (for Alexander II) and sermon readings attracted large numbers of worshipers."

This old-Russian-style church (note the resemblance to St. Basil's) is really much out-of-place in the more Europeanized architecture of St. Petersburg, but the cathedral fit with the "Russian revival" movement sweeping through the Russian art scene of the late nineteenth century.  The building suffered enormous damage during the Soviet regime, and during World War II, and was finally renovated in the early 1990s.

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