Resurrection cathedral was constructed as a memorial church on the place of tragic events: Alexander II revered in Russia as Liberator Tsar was killed in a terroristic attack. Due to that, locals call this church Spilt Blood Church or Church on the Blood.
Being a fine example of Neo-Russian style, Spilt Blood Church differs from other Classcial buildings of St. Petersburg downtown and immediately catches the eye with its colourful domes and facade mosaics. By the way, Spilt Blood Church is the world’s largest museum of mosaics counting over 7000 sq.m. of mosaics outside and inside.
Although majority tours to Russia include a big number of church visits, Church on the Blood is definitely worth visiting. Hard to believe, but inside it is far more impressive than outside. It’s one-of-a-kind, and you will not find anything like this in any other part of Russia. Every inch is covered with mosaics – either Roman or Florentine (natural stone in natural stone). Multi-coloured mosaic icons on the walls look magnificent in the natural semi-precious stone framing. A special canopy marks the place of Alexander II’s assassination. A separate showcase is dedicated to the restoration after the age Soviet vandalism, when Resurrection cathedral was considered as “having no artistic value”.