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The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also called the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ , its official name. The name refers to the blood of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, who was assassinated on that site in 1881.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. On March 13, 1881 (Julian date: March 1), as Tsar Alexander'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.
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.
I am sure pictures of this church have been posted here by others. I think it was one of the most interesting churches that I have seen in Russia. Unfortunately it had been raining when I took this shot and the sky was a drab heavens. I have a better shot possibly in the WS. What do you think?

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