From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

Name That Monument

While it's officially called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, this 1907 memorial cathedral is better known by the moniker the Church of the Spilled Blood. Built on the spot where Alexander II was mortally wounded by a terrorist in 1881, it is also the exception to the rule in this classical and Baroque northern capital. With bright colors as well as co­­piously enameled and elaborately patterned cupolas, arcades, and arches, the church is a riot of medieval frippery. The interior is cov­ered entirely in mosaics in a style that seamlessly blends By­­zan­tine traditions with the Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th cen­tury. Although Soviet authorities deemed the cathedral "of no artistic merit" and used it as a warehouse, it mirac­u­lously sur­vived and was finally reopened in 1997 after nearly 30 years of res­to­ra­tion. At 2A Naberezhnaya Kanal Griboyedova; 7-812/315-1636.


Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

Come On In

U.S. issued American Express Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members, enter the first six digits of your card number to access your complimentary subscription.

Learn about membership.