Domes of the Church of the Savior on Blood.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Храм Спаса на Крови) is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Собор Воскресения Христова), its official name. The name refers to the blood of the assassinated Alexander II of Russia, who was mortally wounded on that site on March 13, 1881 (Julian date: March 1).
Construction began in 1883 under Alexander III, as a memorial to his father, Alexander II. Work progressed slowly and was finally completed during the reign of Nicholas II in 1907. Funding was provided by the Imperial family with the support of many private donors.
The Church is prominently situated along the Griboedov Canal. The embankment at that point runs along either side of a canal. As the tsar's carriage passed along the embankment, a grenade thrown by an anarchist conspirator exploded. The tsar, shaken but unhurt, got out of the carriage and started to remonstrate with the presumed culprit. Another conspirator took the chance to explode another bomb, killing himself and mortally wounding the tsar. The tsar, bleeding heavily, was taken back to the Winter Palace where he died a few hours later.
A temporary shrine was erected on the site of the attack while the project for a more permanent memorial was undertaken. It was decided that the section of the street where the assassination took place was to be enclosed within the walls of a church. That section of the embankment was therefore extended out into the canal to allow the shrine to fit comfortably within the building and to provide space on the exterior wall for a memorial marking the spot where the assassination took place. Inside, an elaborate shrine was constructed on the exact place of Alexander's death, garnished with topaz, lazurite and other semi-precious stones. Amid such rich decoration, the simple cobblestones on which the tsar's blood was spilled and which are exposed in the floor of the shrine provide a striking contrast.
Architecturally, the Cathedral differs from St. Petersburg's other structures. The city's architecture is predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical, but the Savior on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism. It intentionally resembles the 17th-century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The Church contains over 7500 square metres of mosaics—according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world. This record may be surpassed by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which houses 7700 square meters of mosaics.
he interior was designed by some of the most celebrated Russian artists of the day—including Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel — but the church's chief architect, Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, was relatively little-known (and Russian, despite his name). Perhaps not surprisingly, the Church's construction ran well over budget, having been estimated at 3.6 million roubles but ending up costing over 4.6 million. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics — the main pictures being biblical scenes or figures — but with very fine patterned borders setting off each picture.
(Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Savior_on_Blood)
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matylda76 (155) 2009-02-08 11:00
excellent!! great POV and wonderful vivid colours
sharpness is "la classe"
I like it very much!
to my favourites!
rlrad (1845) 2009-02-08 11:01
Terrific shot - great saturated sky, sharp details. I can feel my neck craning upwards to take it all in! Just beautiful.
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
pauloog (11747) 2009-02-08 11:16
An unusual angle to show the beauty of this church. Clear, sharp and ourspoken contrasts.
leo61 (0) 2009-02-08 11:19
I love this church and this is a great shot.The tilt works well here and the contrast with the polarized sky is amazing.Amazing sharpness,too with many fine details to view.
baba_flies (8829) 2009-02-08 11:30
Ciao Giuseppe! Wow this is wonderful, the colors are amazingly clear, so sharp and I love the dark blue sky working so well with the colorful rooftops of the church. The angle is pretty cool too, probably much more exciting than just straight. Excellent work indeed. Best regards, Barbara.
gokanlam (6605) 2009-02-08 11:31
great pov.. you had increased the impression of the domes under the great sky.. nice and different view..
have a nice week,
PaulVDV (24823) 2009-02-08 11:38
A beautiful, sharp and well detailed picture of this splendid architecture. The tilt makes it more artistic.
Best regards, Paul
delpeoples (55380) 2009-02-08 13:46
Hi Giuseppe, beautiful sharph colours and interesting POV. Well done, Lisa.
bantonbuju (51789) 2009-02-08 14:20
i can hear the sound of the bells!
cadel (30) 2009-02-08 14:34
A fine perspective on the domes.
It's a good idea to make reclined view on this kind of picture including huge buildings. It can give a great impression and is very useful, especially when it is impossible to get the whole building in the frame !
Sne011 (3084) 2009-02-09 9:45
Wow, this is very attractive and eye catching photo! Excellent capture of the church detail, very interesting architecture! I like colors very much, you did a great job here!
Have a nice week,
Didi (59196) 2009-03-10 11:43
An original and interesting way to show this architecture without distortions.
- Copyright: Giuseppe Maria Galasso (gmg) (4202)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-27
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300 f 4,5-5,6 DG, Secure Digital Card, Polarizer
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/90 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Honeymoon
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-08 10:56
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