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The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

12 Apr
Church of the Savior on Blood, medieval Russian architecture

Church of the Savior on Blood, medieval Russian architecture

The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood in St Petersburg is a must-see on any trip to Russia, especially when you travel to Russia visa free. Also known as the Church of the Spilled Blood. It is a sacred landmark in St Petersburg and is one of the main Russian Orthodox cathedrals in this imperial city.
The official name of this cathedral is the Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The reference to “blood” in its more common names is in reference to the blood of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion, but also has a more contemporary symbolism.

What is the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood?

The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood is situated on the site of the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, which occurred on March 13, 1881. Alexander II of Russia, who was also the Grand Duke of Finland and the King of Poland, became Tsar of Russia in 1855. He emancipated the serfs of Russia in 1861 and was responsible for much reform in the country. He sold Alaska to the US in 1867 to keep it out of British hands, and worked towards peace in Europe.
There were numerous unsuccessful attempts on his life during his time as tsar. In 1881 he fell victim to a successful assassination attempt when a bomb was thrown under the carriage he rode in. He escaped this but was killed when a second bomb was thrown at his feet. Much of his blood was spilled onto the snowy street and he bled to death in the Winter Palace.
His son Tsar Alexander III began working on the design and construction of the church on the site of the assassination in 1883; this was not completed until 1907, during the reign of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
Following the Revolution, the church was looted and damaged, and it was closed by the Soviet government. A vegetable warehouse during World War II, it was used as an opera house later until it came under the management of St Isaac’s Cathedral in the 1970s. It was reopened in 1997 after restoration. It has however not been re-sanctified and is not used as a primary place of worship.

St Petersburg, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

St. Petersburg, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

What do Visitors to the Church of the Saviour on Blood Need to Know?

The church is located on the Griboedov Canal. The building is unique in that it represents Russian architecture from the medieval period, similar to that of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral, whereas most of St Petersburg is designed in a Neoclassical and Baroque fashion.
Notable Russian artists from the late 1800s designed the church. The actual site of the assassination of Alexander II is located within the church walls. It is marked with a shrine garnished with semi-precious gemstones including lazurite and topaz. The church also features intricate biblical mosaics. More in number than any other church worldwide. It has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood is today one of St Petersburg’s main tourist attractions. Travel to Russia visa free with Nordic Cruises and experience this amazing St Petersburg landmark for yourself.

The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

06 Mar
"Our Lady of Kazan", St. Petersburg

“Our Lady of Kazan”, St. Petersburg

The Kazan Cathedral is An Awe-Inspiring Attraction for all tours to St. Petersburg

The impressive Kazan Cathedral will grab your attention on all tours to St. Petersburg. Built between 1801 and 1811, this cathedral is located on the lively Kazanskaya Square, where families, tourists, and street performers gather. With an awesome stone colonnade of 96 columns, an 80-meter high dome topped by a gilt cross, and a lovely central garden and fountain, the architecture was inspired by Rome’s Basilica of St. Peter.

The Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

After the Russian army defeated Napoleon in 1812, this cathedral stood proudly as a national monument to military triumph. Many trophies captured by Russian troops were put on display here, and Prince Mikhail Kutuzov, the Russian field commander, is buried in a vault of the northern chapel.

The Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg-cathedral-cazan

The Kazan Cathedral, the Statue of De Tolli

Originally intended to be the main Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg, three entrances with sculpted doors lead inside the cathedral. The grand interior features red granite pillars and a magnificent mosaic floor, and four massive silver candelabra stand gloriously before the main altar. Named for the icon of miracle-maker, Our Lady of Kazan, which used to be housed here, this quiet place of prayer is recommended for all visitors who travel to St. Petersburg. You can tour the majestic site or attend daily services held in the Kazan Cathedral.

The Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

The Kazan Cathedral, tours to St. Petersburg

The Kazan Cathedral, tours to St. Petersburg

The Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

During your Baltic tours to St. Petersburg do not miss to visit Our Lady of Kazan:

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

05 Mar
Neva River, Saint Petersburg

Winter Palace on Neva River, Saint Petersburg

Travel to St. Petersburg to visit Hermitage

Travel to St. Petersburg and stroll along the banks of the Neva River to see the magnificent Winter Palace. Originally constructed for Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, she died before the palace was completed. As a result, Catherine the Great and her successors were the first inhabitants of this glorious residence, which became the primary home of the Russian Tsars after 1760. In 1837, a fire ravaged most of the Winter Palace rooms. The building was subsequently renovated and expanded. Altogether, the buildings now house the world-renowned collection of the Hermitage Museum.

The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum in winter time, St. Petersburg

Designed in an elaborate Baroque style, the famed Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia. The full building boasts an incredible 1,057 sumptuously decorated halls, 1,786 doors, and 1,945 windows! Art and artifacts that represent all periods of history and all regions of the world are on permanent exhibit. The range of masterpieces is wide, with archaeological relics from Ancient Egypt, works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and French Impressionist paintings by Monet and Renoir… to name but a few. The Hermitage is a focal point of all tours to St. Petersburg; guided tours are available.

The State Hermitage Museum, travel to St. Petersburg

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Most Famous Paintings

  • Return of Prodigal Son (1666-1669) by Rembrandt.
  • The Madonna Litta (15 century) by Leonardo da Vinci.
  •  Danae (1554) by Titian
  • The Conestabile Madonna by Rafael.
  • St Joseph with the Infant Jesus (1635) by Guido Reni.
  • The Union of Earth and Water (1618) by Peter Paul Rubens.
  •  Apostels Peter and Paul (1587-1592) by Greko.
  • Tratched Cottages (1890) by Van Gogh.
  • The Woman Holding Fruit (1893) by Paul Gauguin.
  • The Boulevard Montmartre in Paris (1897) by Pissarro.
  • Two Sisters (1902) by Pablo Picasso.
  • Portrait of a Lady in Blue (late 1770) by  Thomas Gainsborough

 

 

Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg

03 Mar
Cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Zayachy Island

The Peter and Paul Fortress on Zaychy (Hare) Island by the bank of the Neva River is citadel of Saint Petersburg. It was established by the Peter I  on May 1703 to protect Saint Petersburg form the Swedes. Although it was build for defense during the Great Northern War (1700-1721), the fortress used as government departments and jail for political prisoners until 1920.

The Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg

The Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg

In our days the Peter and Paul Fortress is Saint Petersburg Museum History. The most attractive building for travelers in fortress is the Saints Peters and Paul Cathedral, which is the oldest church in Saint Petersburg.

The Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral was designed in Petrine Baroque by the Swiss – Italian architect Domenico Trezzini. This rectangular shaped church with the cathedral bell tower is the influence of architecture of the protestant churches. The figure of a golden angel holding a cross on top of the cathedral  is the most recognized symbol of Saint Petersburg. This cathedral is houses of tombs of the  Romanov monarchs.

Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg

Entrence in The Peter and Paul Fortress

Nevsky Bridge to The Peter and Paul Fortress

Nevsky Bridge to The Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg

The Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg

Visit this the most recognizable symbol of St. Petersburg, explore this charming the Peter and Paul Cathedral  and enjoy the great views on Neva river.

 

 

 

The Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

13 Jan
Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

What began as a two-story building commissioned by Peter the Great in 1717, now stands as a breathtaking architectural achievement awaiting travelers who visit Russian landmarks. This monumental palace is named after Catherine I, and was seen to completion by her daughter, Empress Elizabeth.

After the original building had been remodeled repeatedly, the Empress took a grandiose approach in 1743, and she instructed the Chief Architect of the Imperial Court, Bartholomeo Rastrelli, to completely redesign and rebuild on a grand scale.

Catherine Palace, Amber Room

Catherine Palace, Amber Room

Today, the Catherine Palace spans an entire square kilometer across the grounds of Tsarkoye Selo, showing those who visit Russian destinations a display of opulence, sophistication and beauty rivaled only by the Palace of Versailles in France.

This monument of superior design stands as a national treasure with features such as the Hall of Light, the White Dining Room, the Amber Room and the Grand Hall waiting to stun visitors with ornate decor, classical symmetry and exquisitely painted walls and ceilings.

Those who travel to St. Petersburg can experience a comprehensive history of the last three centuries of Russian royalty in all of its glory and splendor. The compelling blue and white facades, the elaborate gilded details and the immense beauty of the grounds promises every visitor an unforgettable adventure.

Catherine Palace, Park

Catherine Palace, Park