Shot from another angle.
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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bobocortis (15946) 2008-10-16 12:05
What an amazing shot, colorful and well-composed, with an excellent sky on the foreground.
darek1978 (13361) 2008-10-16 12:11
Wspaniale kolory swiatyni i nieba. Przepiekna architektura cerkiewna.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam,
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-10-16 12:40
interesting perspective on this beautifull architecture.
Beautifull light and blue sky.
calexica (1247) 2008-10-16 14:01
An excellent shot taken from an interesting POV. Excellent colors & contrast, perfect details. Definitely a very accomplished architectural shot. Congratulations!!!
BennyV (13846) 2008-10-17 5:13
You picked the perfect title, highlighting both 'colours' and 'faith'...that's what makes up this shot. The low pov works well, reinforcing our gaze upwards to heaven, just like the catholic architecture here.
priyasri_80 (363) 2009-03-25 5:33
Nice shot. The colors of the building and the sky match so well.
goodwill (4224) 2013-09-09 6:19
I observe that the image is not 100% sharp, or may be it is sharp and there is a little haze between the lens and the building, which makes me think of the sharpness issue.
The POV is different and arises interest in the eyes of the viewers.
The richness of the blue sky is what attracts me the most.
- 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, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 12:03
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