Legends and Mysteries of the Church of the Savior on Blood
The temple is considered to be one of the main attractions of the city on the Neva River. It was built on the site of the death of Alexander II under the project of architect Alfred Parland. The church was not intended for mass visits. It hosted services dedicated to the memory of Alexander the Second.
Maybe that’s why it is associated with many mysteries and secrets.
1. The Bloody Pavement.
The Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, or Savior on Spilled Blood was built on the spot where on 1 March 1881 was the last attempt on the life of Tsar Alexander II took place. After this tragic event, the new Emperor Alexander III ordered to build a magnificent temple. A section of the pavement where the blood of his father was shed was left untouched and is inside of the Cathedral now.
2. Mosaic of the Temple.
One of the main temples in the Northern Capital is similar to the Russian toy. This is due to the fact that the mosaics are the main decoration of the temple. Famous Russian artists worked on it – Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Belyaev, Kharlamov, Zhuravlev, Ryabushkin, and others. They also worked on the iconostasis of the Savior on Spilled Blood mosaic. Because of the tedious work involved, the opening of the temple and its consecration was delayed for a dozen years.
3. The tale of how the temple affected the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In 30-ies it was decided to demolish the temple, for many years it was used a warehouse where decorations of the Maly Opera Theatre were stored. Eventually the authorities decided to have the temple restored. It was enveloped in scaffolding for so may years that it gave rise to a belief, that once the scaffolding is removed the Soviet Union would collapse. This may seem like a fiction, or a coincidence, but the fact remains that in 1991 the Church was “liberated” from the scaffolding, and a little later in the same year the Soviet Union collapsed.
4. Underwater crosses of the Savior on spilled Blood.
They say to save the Church property from the Bolsheviks, the parishioners removed the crosses and dropped them to the bottom of the canal. While the church was being restored the workers could not find the crosses. A bystander advised to look for crosses in the water. The workers decided to give it a try and sent a team of divers to examine the bottom of the canal – to the surprise of all the crosses turned out to be exactly where the bystander indicated.
5. Secrets of numerology and of the Savior on Blood.
Magic numbers do exist. Guides of the Church, wishing to add a mystical charm, often talk about the fact that the height of the Central building is 81 meters, which corresponds to the year of the death of Alexander II, and another number 63 is not only the height to which rises one of the domes, but also the age of the Emperor at the time of the attempt on his life.
6. The morgue during the Siege and “Saviour on potatoes”.
In World War II the city was besieged by the natzies. During the Siege the Church of the Savior on Blood has turned into a makeshift morgue. Dead bodies were brought there from all over the city. In addition people stored vegetab
les there – some citizens with a sense of humor even called it the “Saviour on potatoes”.
7. Mysterious Icon.
There is a legend about an icon under the roof of the Savior on spilled Blood. It predicted tragic turns of the Russian history in 1917, 1941 and beyond. It is believed that the icon has the power and is able to predict the turning dates for the history of Russia. When this happens the Icon shows silhouettes of numbers or dates of the approaching tragedies.