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  • Address: St Petersburg, Russia
  • Hours: Thu-Tue 10am-11pm, closed Wednesday

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Possibly the most iconic site in St. Petersburg after the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood stands out with its multicolored façade and onion-shaped domes. Sometimes called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ or the Resurrection Church, it was built on the site near the Griboedov Canal where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Completed in 1907, the church’s design was inspired by traditional Russian styles, as well as St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev. The interior, designed by some of the most popular Russian artists at the time, features more than 7500 square feet of mosaic tiles covering the walls and ceilings.

The church endured significant damage over the years, first in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution and later during the Siege of Leningrad during World War II, when it was used as a morgue. Restoration of the church began in 1970 and it was finally reopened to the public as a museum in 1997, but was never reconsecrated. When you visit, don’t miss the large icon of St. Alexander Nevsky, the main iconostasis, the biblical scenes depicted in many of the mosaics and the ornate shrine on the exact spot where Tsar Alexander II was killed.

Practical Info

Sitting along the Griboedov Canal just off Nevsky Prospekt, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood is hard to miss.  The Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiniy Dvor subway stops provide the easiest access. While you can admire the exterior free of charge, a ticket is required to peruse the thousands of mosaics inside. Tickets are 250 rubles (about $7), while an audio guide can be rented for an additional 100 rubles ($3). Themed tours are also available for another 350 rubles ($10) and cover themes such as evangelical scenes in the mosaics and the architecture and exterior décor of the church.

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Private St Petersburg Cathedrals Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets, St Petersburg, null
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Private St Petersburg Cathedrals Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

This tour will introduce you to three of the most famous Cathedrals of Saint Petersburg. On your way you will see plenty of other attractions too including ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour, St Petersburg, Private Sightseeing Tours
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St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 Reviews

The tour begins at your hotel, from where you will drive in a car together with your guide to the first point- largest cathedral in Russia, St. Isaac's ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.10
St. Petersburg City Sightseeing Tour, St Petersburg, Walking Tours
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St. Petersburg City Sightseeing Tour

During the sightseeing tour around St. Petersburg you will see many beautiful palaces, churches and cathedrals, magnificent stores and hear about the history ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.77
St Petersburg in A Day: Private City Tour, Hermitage Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled ... 
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St Petersburg in A Day: Private City Tour, Hermitage Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

A comprehensive private city tour with an interior visit to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and a guided tour of the Hermitage museum.

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.00
1 Day All Highlights of St Petersburg Tour with a Boat Ride, St Petersburg, City Tours
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1 Day All Highlights of St Petersburg Tour with a Boat Ride

The tour offers an unforgettable introduction into st Petersburg history. It will be interesting as for the first time travellers and the experienced visitors ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.00
St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour, St Petersburg, Day Trips
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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

This tour will introduce you to the northern Capital of Russia. This tour includes all the main highlights of St. Petersburg including the Hermitage (closed on ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Russian Art Walking Tour of St Petersburg: Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the Russian ... 
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Russian Art Walking Tour of St Petersburg: Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the Russian Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Russian art and architecture are St Petersburg’s biggest draws, and on this 3-hour walking tour you’ll see two of its finest examples. Gaze in awe ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.97
St Petersburg Private Custom Day Tour, St Petersburg, Half-day Tours
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St Petersburg Private Custom Day Tour

Enjoy this private guided day tour which can be completely customized to your preferences. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to most crowded attractions, explore ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
2 Hour St Petersburg Walking Tour, St Petersburg, Custom Private Tours
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2 Hour St Petersburg Walking Tour

Explore the best sights of the city and get introduced to over 15 main attractions on a walking tour of St Petersburg. Your local guide will share the most ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
St Petersburg Food and Culture Tour, St Petersburg, Walking Tours
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St Petersburg Food and Culture Tour

Perfect blend of history, culture and delicious tastes of Russian traditional cuisine in the most artistic city of Russia. On this 3-hour Food and Culture ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.00

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