You read my title right. The Church of Savior Blood is basically the replica of the St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow. If you don’t believe me just look at the picture above, and compare it to St. Basil it’s more or less then same. Although I personally found the one in Moscow more grand, since it was part of the red square. But hating on the St. Petersburg version, still very stunning the first time I saw it.
This place is called the “Church of Savior Blood” because one of the emperors (Alexander II) was killed here. The exact place is shown in the picture below:
See that red cross? Yep that’s where he apparently died. Kind of morbid if you ask me.
Oh yeah, I came here because I had some free time on my last day in St Petersburg. The church was walking distance to the hotel so I said sure what the hell, why not?
Took me about 15 minutes to get there, bought a ticket using the machine and went in without a hitch.
Got it and there were soooo many tourists (me included of course). I already went sort of early i.e. 10AM but still, was packed. Oh well it is a tourist attraction after all.
The church was only one level, compared to the multi levels of St Basil. Which was fine, didn’t impact the whole experience. Actually to be honest I found the interior of the St. Basil Cathedral more impressive, on the walls you can see the different stories of Jesus. Which was kind of cool. Spent about 20 minutes there just walking around, soaking in history.
And then I left. A must go if you are in St.Petersburg, even if you are not religious the building itself is quite impressive. I mean, it is a replica of St. Basil after all.
Written from Hong Kong, Home on August 13 2016