CATHEDRAL OF THE RESURRECTION (“OUR SAVIOUR-ON-THE SPILT BLOOD”)

Address: 2a, Nab. Kanala Griboyedova (Griboyedova Canal Embankment)
Day off: Wednesday
CATHEDRAL OF THE RESURRECTION (“OUR SAVIOUR-ON-THE SPILT BLOOD”)

The Cathedral of the Resurrection was erected to a project by the architect Alfred Parland and Archimandrite Ignaty (Malyshev) in 1883-1907 on the place where on the 1st of March 1881 members of the secret terrorist organization “People’s Will” mortally wounded the Emperor of Russia Alexander II.

In the 1930s the cathedral was closed and planned to be demolished. In 1956, however, the building was given the status of an architectural monument and in 1970 it became a branch of the “St Isaac’s Cathedral” Museum. On the 19th of August 1997, 90 years after its consecration, the restored museum-monument “Our Saviour-on-the Spilt-Blood” has been open for visitors.

The Cathedral of the Resurrection, resembling the Moscow Cathedral of the Intercession (or of St Basil the Blessed) by its appearance, is well observed from Nevsky prospect. The facades of the cathedral are faced with decorative bricks and fine mosaic insets. Superb mosaics created by the best masters of the period – Victor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Andrei Riabushkin – cover the walls and vaults inside the building.

Next to the cathedral is the Mikhailovsky Garden, encircled with a beautiful forget railing (architect Ernest Kverfeld, 1904-1906).