The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood
The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia
This marvelous Russian-style church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. After assuming power in 1855 in the wake of Russia’s disastrous defeat in the Crimean war against Britain, France and Turkey, Alexander II initiated a number of reforms. In 1861 he freed the Russian serfs (peasants, who were almost enslaved to their owners) from their ties to their masters and undertook a rigorous program of military, judicial and urban reforms, never before attempted in Russia. However, during the second half of his reign Alexander II grew wary of the dangers of his system of reforms, having only barely survived a series of attempts on his life, including an explosion in the Winter Palace and the derailment of a train. Alexander II was finally assassinated in 1881 by a group of revolutionaries, who threw a bomb at his royal carriage.
The decision was taken to build a church on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The church was built between 1883 and 1907 and was officially called the Resurrection of Christ Church (a.k.a. The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood ). The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donators. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day (V.M. Vasnetsov, M.V. Nesterov and M.A. Vrubel). Interestingly, despite the church’s very obviously Russian aspect, its principle architect, A. Parland, was not even Russian by birth.
The church was closed for services in the 1930s, when the Bolsheviks went on an offensive against religion and destroyed churches all over the country. It remained closed and under restoration for over 30 years and was finally re-opened in 1997 in all its dazzling former glory. The view of the church from Nevsky Prospekt is absolutely breathtaking.
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goker (69) 2008-10-11 2:51
nice shot, thanks for the information. TFS
JLG (2086) 2008-10-11 3:02
une belle composition bien construite et magnifiquement colorée,tres bon contraste entre le ciel et le batiment
faubry (35405) 2008-10-11 3:08
inusual capture of this big Church, wonderful architecture aith vivid colors; contrast between blue sky is very nice.
Natasa-David (479) 2008-10-11 3:36
An eyecatching photo with very nice pov and strong, clear colors. Beautiful "color festival". :-) Is it HDR?
Budapestman (82620) 2008-10-11 4:24
We saw for a long time, but you are here with a superb architectural photo again. The composition very spectacular and effective, detail with much pleasure can be discovered on the church. The colours brilliant, time was superb to taking a photo. Beautiful photo. Congratulations. Have a nice weekend!
aadilj (18102) 2008-10-11 4:48
Hi Dragon Vivek. This one sure is very different from the ones you usually post but a brilliant image nevertheless. its saturated and fresh and so energetic. I love the way you have compsoed the architecture
dta (62866) 2008-10-11 5:27
Hello Vivek ,
A very fine perspective on this fantastic church . What a beautiful architecture ! I like a lot the great sharpness and the good colors , to admire all the fine details .
npecanhuk (60816) 2008-10-12 9:06
Wonderful architecture! So colorful, both the building and the sky above! Talking about this, what a splendorous point of view and fantastic composition!
I really loved it!
TFS - Congratulations!
Greetings from Brazil!
- Copyright: Vivek Pratap Singh Sisodia (Dragonheart) (8414)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40, AFS DX VR Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G IF ED
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-11 2:41