Cathedral of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (Спас на Крови)

by Kenneth on November 6, 2018
The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood was constructed on the exact spot where Russian Tsar, Alexander II "The Tsar Liberator" was killed by assassination. Commissioned by his son, Alexander III, it stood as a private Romanov chapel. It is boasts the largest collection of ceramic mosaics in the world and is the only place in the world, you'll ever see two disctinct images, that of an adolescent Jesus in one dome coppola as well as a depiction of the Resurrection of Christ, which is forbidden to be depicted by Orthodox doctrine. The cobblestones were Alexander stood at the moment of his death are preserved and covered below a shrine next to a ceramic depiction of Christ's removal from the cross to symbolize Alexander's death for the Russian people just as Christ's death for the soul of man.

The church is an ongoing restoration project. It was abandoned after the fall of the monarchy and later turned into a storage facility for a local theater before becoming a local farmers-type market. It was slated to be destroyed and dynamite was laid, but was saved after the German invasion of 1941 when the dynamite was removed to be used for the city's defense; during the war it served as a morgue for bodies waiting to be transported to the mass graves and stood abandoned completely until the 1980s when a roof inspection crew found an undetonated German gunshell lodged in the roof and renovations started soon after. 
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