St Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities of Russia, seen through the lens of Georg Behrendt.
The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood:
Built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, this church is a lively profusion of brightly-coloured onion domes, glittering spires and a breathtakingly detailed mosaic interior. St. Petersburg’s answer to Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral!
Built between 1883 and 1907, the construction of The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donators. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day (V.M. Vasnetsov, M.V. Nesterov and M.A. Vrubel).
NOTE: Translations of the church’s name vary between guidebooks and include The Church of the Saviour on Blood, The Resurrection Church and The Church of the Resurrection of Christ.
This veteran Russian battleship was built at the end of the 19th century and played a vital role in the October Revolution of 1917. Today the cruiser “Aurora” has been carefully preserved and serves as a fascinating museum to the achievements of the Russian navy.
Near St Isaac’s Cathedral
In the far distance is the golden spire of The Peter and Paul Fortress. It is the first structure in St. Petersburg and was built to protect Peter the Great’s northern city from the threat of Swedish attacks. It is now the emblem of the city and the resting place of many Russian Tsars.