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Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, St.Petersburg

The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Christ) stands on the exact spot where the Russian Emperor Alexander II was fatally injured on March 1, 1881. The construction and decoration of the church lasted a total of 24 years (1883-1907). Regular church services were performed untill 1930 when the church was closed. Today, the building is open as a State Museum, and represents a monument of both historic and artistic value.

There is not a single painting inside the Church on the Spilled Blood: its walls are almost entirely covered with mosaics. There are 308 mosaic illustrations covering the inner and outer walls, an area of 6,560 sq. metres.

Since 1970 complex technical works have been carried out to repair the building structure and to restore the unique decorative mosaics.
A view from the Neva river
A view from the Neva river
The Church of Resurrection of Christ .
The Church of Resurrection of Christ .
A detail of the outer wall
A detail of the outer wall
 The north-west portico.
The north-west portico.
The east part of the dome.
The east part of the dome.
 The south-west portico.
The south-west portico.
 The south-west portico.
The south-west portico.
The outer wall
The outer wall
Mosaic, a portico decoration
Mosaic, a portico decoration
The central arched gable of the south facade.
The central arched gable of the south facade.
An emblem on the outer wall
An emblem on the outer wall
The north-west  portico.
The north-west portico.
The Central nave.
The Central nave.
The Central Nave and the Iconostasis
The Central Nave and the Iconostasis
The iconostasis
The iconostasis
Under the  central dome.
Under the central dome.
A wall and pillars
A wall and pillars
The south inner wall.
The south inner wall.
A pillar in the east part.
A pillar in the east part.
An archway
An archway
The central dome.
The central dome.
The wall mosaic decoration.
The wall mosaic decoration.
A fragment of the iconostasis.
A fragment of the iconostasis.
The south-east dome
The south-east dome
The south-west pillar.
The south-west pillar.
A fragment of a pillar.
A fragment of a pillar.
A pillar.
A pillar.
Pillars under the dome.
Pillars under the dome.
The south-side archway
The south-side archway