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This is the Church on Spilled Blood, or just the Blood Church, in St. Petersburg. The church gets its unusual name from the fact that it was built by Tsar Alexander III on the spot where his father, Alexander II was assassinated as he went through the city in his carriage, as a memorial to him. Most of Saint Petersburg has a consistent style, as the city was only established in 1703 and primarily built in the 1800's. This church is an exception, because it was built in a very traditional style, and in fact it can easily be confused with St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

The church has had a very strange history, never really used as a place of worship. At first it was used by the royal family, and primarily for funerals. Then, after the revolution it was damaged, sat vacant for 10 years, and was eventually closed. Used as a warehouse in the seige of Lenningrad, and further damaged during the Second World War, it was closed again. Finally, in 1970 a restoration was started, and eventually finished in 1997. It's still not consecrated as a church, and now it serves mainly as a tourist attraction.

This was taken with slide film, and had a very high contrast, which I tried to tame in the scanning and processing, although it still looks a bit harsh to me.

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