Hump Day Post: Russia

Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood

Every Wednesday I do a post for Hump Day – the middle of the week. I’m running a bit late with this one as we’re travelling. I hope you enjoy it!

This marvelous Russian-style church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. After assuming power in 1855 in the wake of Russia’s disastrous defeat in the Crimean war against Britain, France and Turkey, Alexander II initiated a number of reforms. In 1861 he freed the Russian serfs (peasants, who were almost enslaved to their owners) from their ties to their masters and undertook a rigorous program of military, judicial and urban reforms, never before attempted in Russia. However, during the second half of his reign Alexander II grew wary of the dangers of his system of reforms, having only barely survived a series of attempts on his life, including an explosion in the Winter Palace and the derailment of a train. Alexander II was finally assassinated in 1881 by a group of revolutionaries, who threw a bomb at his royal carriage.

It’s hard to get your head around this church – I’ve never seen anything like it! When you first enter it, it renders you speechless as your senses are bombarded with colour and images from floor to ceiling. But, listening to the story behind it, gives it a new meaning. I walked round and round it taking everything in and it wasn’t until I got outside that I  recovered and digested what I’d just seen. Even from the outside it’s spectacular albeit I admit you need time to get used to it or it’s an acquired taste!

Exterior, Church on Spilled Blood, Russia

Exterior, Church on Spilled Blood

Exterior, Church on Spilled Blood, Russia

Exterior, Church on Spilled Blood

Interior, Church on Spilled Blood

Interior, Church on Spilled Blood

High Ceiling, Church on Spilled Blood, Russia

High Ceiling, Church on Spilled Blood

High Ceiling, Church on Spilled Blood, Russia

High Ceiling, Church on Spilled Blood

Walls inside Church on Spilled Blood, Russia

Walls inside Church on Spilled Blood

Walls inside Church on Spilled Blood, Russia

Walls inside Church on Spilled Blood

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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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4 Responses to Hump Day Post: Russia

  1. Beautiful but it does look like it would be a lot to take in. I would think it would take several visits to appreciate it.

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  2. Impressive photos! The church is really amazing..Thank you for sharing the post!

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  3. You’re probably right in saying it would take several visits to appreciate it – if only it was closer to home 🙂

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