St. Petersburg, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
Erected on the spot where tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded by anarchists in 1881, the church was - unusual for St. Petersburg - modelled after traditional medieval Russian buildings with the familiar onion domes. Its walls were decorated with mosaics by the leading artists of the day - over 7500 square metres of mosaics. Only completed in 1907, the church had various non-religious functions after the Revolution, even serving for some time as warehouse for vegetables. Following a long restoration it was reopened in 1997 as a museum of mosaics.

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