Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia
If you receive a postcard from a friend travelling to St. Petersburg, the picture on the postcard will be very likely to be this Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It’s perhaps the most iconic building in the city and while there are many other beautiful buildings there, this Church is perhaps the most “Russian”.
The Church was built on the site where the Russian Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. The construction was began in 1883 and completed in 1907. It was built in the same Russian style as the famous St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and looked very different from the other cathedrals in St. Petersburg. Similar to other historical buildings in Europe, the Church was badly damaged in WWII and it took 27 years (1970-1997) to restore it to the current state.