Skip to comments.Savior on Spilled Blood. A Church Where All Icons Are Made in Mosaic Technique [Russia]
Posted on 06/09/2021 6:47:48 PM PDT by marshmallow
Anyone who has been to St Petersburg and walked along its central streets will certainly stop at the embankment of the Griboyedov Canal to admire this festively bright Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, better known as the Savior on Spilled Blood. The splendour of this magnificent church consists of its small details, just like the mosaic that adorns it both in and outside. Today we would like to give you a glimpse of the most interesting historical facts related to this church, as well as the most unusual of the mosaic images decorating its walls.
The cathedral was erected on the site where the Russian Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded by a bomb on March 1, 1881, as a result of another assassination attempt. This is how the temple got its second name – “Savior on the Blood”. It was immediately decided to immortalize the memory of the Tsar-Liberator, and within a month a small wooden chapel appeared in that place. Soon the new emperor Alexander III ordered the construction of a magnificent temple that would remind of the tsar’s death and at the same time give a sense of hope for the resurrection in God.
According to this plan, the cathedral was consecrated in honor of the Resurrection of Christ and received a colorful and festive decoration of its in- and exterior. A fragment of the actual embankment where the royal blood was shed remained in the right part of the temple as a vivid reminder of the emperor’s painful death.
Work on the construction and decoration of the cathedral lasted 24 years, and Alexander III did not live to see its opening. The cathedral was consecrated in 1907, under the reign of Nicholas II and was never a parish.........
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I would love to see this and St. Basil’s in person.
It is wonderful and inspiring to love God enough to express it through any of the arts. This unique church says “Love God” as well as any.
Orthodox take their faith more seriously than modern Roman Catholics, it would seem.
Thank you for the ping! What an absolutely splendid interior of an astonishing church!
It is really awe-inspiring! Glad you opened the link!
As you well express. Amen!