CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD
This marvelous church in stereotypical Russian style was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. Best known as a reforming Tsar, Alexander II suffered a series of attempts on his life, including an explosion in the Winter Palace and the derailment of a train, but was finally assassinated by revolutionaries, who threw a bomb at his royal carriage. The church was built in 1883-1907 and was officially called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ - although better known locally as the Church on the Spilled Blood or the Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood, or just the Savior on the Blood (Spas na krovi). Both inside and outside, the church is decorated with mosaics, designed by the most prominent Russian artists of the time. Ironically, despite the church's Russian appearance, its main architect, A. Parland, was not Russian.
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