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The Blood and Tears HDR by ISIK5 The Blood and Tears HDR by ISIK5
This photo will enter the ARCHITECTURE CONTEST which :iconzardo: organizes.


The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Храм Спаса на Крови ) is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Собор Воскресения Христова ), its official name. The name refers to the blood of the assassinated Alexander II of Russia, who was mortally wounded on that site on March 13, 1881.

Construction began in 1883 under Alexander III, as a memorial to his father, Alexander II. Work progressed slowly and was finally completed during the reign of Nicholas II in 1907. Funding was provided by the Imperial family with the support of many private donors.

The Church is prominently situated along the Griboedov Canal. The embankment at that point runs along either side of a canal. As the tsar's carriage passed along the embankment, a grenade thrown by an anarchist conspirator exploded. The tsar, shaken but unhurt, got out of the carriage and started to remonstrate with the presumed culprit. Another conspirator took the chance to explode another bomb, killing himself and mortally wounding the tsar. The tsar, bleeding heavily, was taken back to the Winter Palace where he died a few hours later.
The church was closed for services in the 1930s, when the Bolsheviks went on an offensive against religion and destroyed churches all over the country. It remained closed and under restoration for over 30 years and was finally re-opened in 1997 in all its dazzling former glory.

I wasn't sure about cropping the public toilet and I decided to keep it :D

FULL VIEW ADVISED!!
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mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Wow what a church! 

How did you get that effect (like did you put the pic in Photoshop before uploading?)
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Trotsky17 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
This is an amazing pic. I had the good fortune of seeing it when I visited it when I was in St Petersburg. I first heard about the Narodniks at university. They are an intriguing bunch of political activists.
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good for you :)
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FunNavigator Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Nice HDR. And thank you very much for description, and more for original names (in original language)!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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kaush Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work.
I love St. Pete.
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Me too :)
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R55 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Beautiful!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :hug:
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Abdolban Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
ураааа Русские. ништяк фото!!!
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