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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
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Ranked #1 of 1,897 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built to memorialize Alexander II following his assassination in 1881, this magnificent church with Italian pink marble floors and numerous mosaics was modeled after 16th and 17th century churches, contrasting sharply with the prevailing architectural styles.
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Tour guide took us here and worth the wait. Covered in beautiful images and marble mosaic work . As always don't hurry.

Thank Glen E
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This is a stunning and very different experience of a church, which was dedicated to Alexandra the Second as a memorial on the site where he was fatally wounded. The whole church is entirely decorated with over 7500 square metres of mosaic.

Be prepared to queue for a ticket. I started off in a short queue at the two automated machines to the side of the staffed booths, but one was already faulty and the second seemed to be playing up too, so I returned to the main queue. Whilst there I noticed a third machine which was inside the railings close to the entrance (but still the near side of the turnstiles). No one was using the machine when I later passed by, although it appeared to be in service!

I decided to have the audio guide. The lady at the booth had told me she couldn't issue a ticket for audio tours, and you have to pay inside the church! This time you MUST use the machine to pay (notes accepted into the machine) and then present your ticket to the lady at the counter next to it!

When I finally got organised I was pleased to have decided upon the audio tour - there was so much to see and it was useful to hear all the detail. I'm not usually keen on lengthy visits exploring all the finer details of the paintings etc. in churches and cathedrals but this one had me mesmerised (and besides, it wasn't that long either!)

I am so glad I went - try not to miss it if you're visiting St Petersburg!

Thank lizKent
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

The exterior is truly spectacular no matter what side you are on. And the inside has virtually every surface covered in mosaics, some 7,000 square meters. Take the time to learn the history of this site and appreciate its name of being a church on spilled blood.

This was destination site for us and it did not disappoint.

Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Has to be seen from a distance, and pictures best from back-exit. Very busy corner and hard to avoid hawkers selling junk.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

This church was practically destroyed first by Soviets and then by nazzies during World War II. After the war it was a warehouse storing potatoes. It was restored in the 90s so people can enjoy this masterpiece.

Thank Boris F
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