One of the many highlights of my St. Petersburg, Russia adventure was the visit to the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. This icon had so much history in it as well as an overwhelming visual treat!
One unique attribute of the amazing interiors is that the design on the walls were not paintings but intricate work of fastening and gluing together colorful tiny-tiny tiles so as to create massive and extravagant mosaics. As I enter, there was a spine-tingling sensation because of the visual indulgence that this church offers.
Though I did not have the time and facility to measure, I found out in my readings that the interior’s breathtaking mosaic covers a total of 23,130 square feet, considered to be one of the largest in Europe. Can you just imagine the amount of time, passion and creativity it took to create this massively handsome building?
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is not all appearances. It was actually born out of an assassination that shook Russia. This monumental structure was built on the very spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated by a group of revolutionaries who threw bomb at the Tsar’s royal carriage. And in honor of his father, Tsar Alexander III built this insanely gorgeous-looking church. Thus, making this beautiful building a marker of significant history.
Now, have a visual feast from the video I created.