Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Swan Lake

One of the most unique and beautiful places in St. Petersburg is the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It's built in the place where Emporer Alexander II was murdered in 1881, hence the name. Sadly, the church was looted and badly damaged in the Revolution of 1917. During that time it stored vegetables and was nicknamed 'Saviour on Potatoes'. It is mostly restored now and it is absolutely breathtaking. The inside is covered entirely of mosaics.
One night we had the amazing opportunity to see Swan Lake. It was absolutely beautiful. Like all the buildings in St. Petersburg the theater was super old. I cannot say enough about how much Mark and I loved both the music and the dancing. When I asked Mark what he remembered about it he said, "tight, stretchy pants".

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