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!