My Postcrossing (4) – The Church of the Savior on Blood, Saint Petersburg

none Today, I received a postcard again. This postcard is from Saint Petersburg in Russia. The building on the postcard is the Church of the Savior on Blood.

The outlook of the church is colourful. It is in the style of medieval Russian architecture, which can rarely be seen in Saint Petersburg. The church contains over 7500 square meters of mosaics, which is the second-largest (in church) in the world. Actually, the church was just built within 150 years and there is a story behind.
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The Church of the Savior on Blood was built to memorize Emperor Alexander II. The location of the church is exactly the street where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated. Emperor Alexander II is famous in the history of Russia. He brought Russia to modernization and was famous in the Emancipation reform of 1861. He also sold Alaska to USA.
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Emperor Alexander II got a lot of enemies and he experienced 8 assassination attempts in his life. The last time is in 1881. On the street where the church is located, the Emperor was hurt by a bomb explosion and died on the way to the Winter Palace. Alexander III started building the church to memorize him and finished in 1907.
The interior (photo credit: Wikipedia)
The church experienced a lot in these 100 years. In 1917, the church was destroyed by Russian Revolution. During WWII, it was used as the warehouse of vegetable. Finally, in 1970, the restoration of the church started and opened in 1997 as a museum.
The Masoic (photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s a beautiful church and please don’t miss it when you visit Saint Petersburg.