Church on Spilt Blood

This church was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated twice, although not where he actually died. Different in style from the rest of St Petersburg, this was the most beautiful church I have ever been to.
I was pleased to find it just as ornate inside as it was outside. Not having been inside a Russian church before I wasn’t sure what to expect. They’re very different from the Catholic and Church of England churches I’ve visited before. One interesting thing is that there are no seats. The church services can last for three or four hours, and pain of standing or kneeling for that period is supposed to bring you closer to God.
The temporary shrine over the cobblestones where the blood was spilt remains in place inside the church, and led to the embankment being extended over the canal to incorporate both the shrine and the necessary layout of a Russian orthodox church.
This picture, with a depressed soviet in the foreground, was exactly what I expected Russia to be like before visiting.

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