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St. Petersburg Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Excursion Reviews

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This spectacular Russian-style church was built at the location of Emperor Alexander II’s 1881 assassination and is a must-see St. Petersburg attraction.

pchase1

1 review

Worth the visit


Provider: Holland America Line

avidreaderatl

2 reviews

One of our favorite things about the entire cruise. Something you would go to Russia to specifically see. Very unique.


Provider: Independent Operator

bz

3 reviews

very knowlegable guide, great explanation.


Provider: Independent Operator

lagottogal

1 review

WOW!


Provider: Independent Operator

George Elliot

1 review

Overwhelmingly beautiful


Provider: Independent Operator

Purdue71

1 review

BEST you can do. TJ Travel highlights tour is worth every penny. Sofia was the best guide possible.


Provider: Independent Operator

sheree

1 review

went with private guide-beautiful


Provider: Silversea Cruises

nybumpkin

17 reviews

This church is what you expect to see in Russia.


Provider: Independent Operator

NantahalaCruiser

1 review

Magnificent architecture

Surrounds the protected small remainder of the cobblestoned road where the assassination of Alexander II occured

Beautiful mosaics


Provider: Independent Operator

wickers

1 review

Interesting to see a place for the tsars, it shows the past reverence for these rulers.


Provider: Independent Operator

beachluver9

2 reviews

A beautiful church. It was only built in the last century, so no great history here. Still worth a visit.


Provider: Independent Operator

shirleyuk

1 review

This had easy mobility access which enabled me to go inside this magnificent Church. It was an incredible sight to see all the mosaic pictures which were in themselves works of art.


Provider: Independent Operator

karbop1

1 review

Had a private two day tour for three of us which allowed us to visit pretty much every main destination and a few others besides. i would recommend SPB Tours highly.

Provider: Independent Operator

lewisltd

2 reviews

Great


Provider: Independent Operator

ronnieb

1 review

Great


Provider: Independent Operator

Dodifra

1 review

Spectacular interior containing huge mosaic murals. Another venue not to be missed.

Provider: Independent Operator

Vivacious Van

1 review

The Building itself well worth the visit, if only we had been allowed more time to study. There was so much to see and admire. We were not impressed by the guide in this instance as we were literally whipped around the church itself and before we knew it, we were outside and making our way crocodile style to the souvenir shop, which was a very long interior with thousands of items for sale. We should have insisted on staying where we were and continue to enjoy the beauty and history of the building and marvel at the external facade instead of being bundled along for an unwanted shopping spree. The trip was advertised with shopping time, but I thought we would have more time allocated to the Cathedral and just 30 minutes to the shopping. I think the actual trip to the Cathedral could be incorporated easily within the Panoramic City Tour with extra time allowed. Do go and see the Cathedral it is well worth it.

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

kre8ive

1 review

Our friends on the Viking Cruise said that only got to visit the outside of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. What a shame when the interior is so magnificent. I can't imagine traveling thousands of miles and then feeling the frustration of someone telling you that the group didn't have time to go inside. I am soooooo glad we had a private guide who took us inside, secured photo permits, and then also gave us a guided tour of the interior, including the spot where Alexander II was killed, which served as the inspiration for the structure.

Provider: Independent Operator

andawaywego2

1 review

The most beautiful mosiacs. The architecture is captivating.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cruisin-Geezer

6 reviews

The glorious Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood has to be the most magnificent church I have ever seen. From a distance you can see the golden and coloured many onion domed turrets - perhaps the most delightful of St Petersburg's many iconic buildings and monuments. Both the exterior and interior are simply WOW - adorned throughout with mosaics and gilt-work in the richest of colours. The restoration work to transform this church (used in Soviet times as a potato warehouse!) must have been immense.

Provider: Independent Operator

PianoGirl00

2 reviews

This was our favorite of the cathedrals we saw there. It is the one you always see in postcards of St. Petersburg, and is even more beautiful in person.

Provider: Oceania Cruises

sailing1001

1 review

An interesting palace where Emperor Alexander!! was assassinated in 1907.

Provider: Independent Operator

MlleMag

1 review

Didn't go inside. Fairy tale appearance, colorful, impressive.

Provider: Independent Operator

Ellen in State College PA

2 reviews

Gorgeous exterior

Provider: Princess Cruises

MerryFLLMom

1 review

Gorgeous Russian Orthodox Church. You do not go inside.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

txtonc

2 reviews


Provider: Oceania Cruises

AgouraTraveler

3 reviews

An extremely colorful interior and exterior at at this traditional onion-domed church made it a favorite to visit. Photos are amazing, but to see it in person is best.

Provider: Princess Cruises

flcruiser3

1 review

The Church of the Spilled Blood is gorgeous both inside and out.

Provider: Independent Operator

MostlyLegal

2 reviews

Not to be missed!

Provider: Holland America Line

rmgjg

1 review

very beautiful & ornate with baroque marble floors, and mosaic panels on all the walls. A very interesting history.

Provider: Independent Operator

DawgVoyager

1 review

This was part of our 2-day independently booked small group tour. The church is quite impressive, particularly the mosaics. Our guide provided a history of what we were seeing and gave us plenty of time to take photos.

Provider: Independent Operator

supersecdd

1 review

I encouraged my friends to see this site and they were glad they did. It is very beautiful and amazing due to the minute pieces of mosaics making up each picture on each wall.

Provider: Independent Operator

Christine Kallend

1 review

This time he used the headset so we could hear what the guide was saying, a fantastic building that luckily has been saved for us to visit.

Provider: Cunard Line

bobby3334

3 reviews

An outstanding Church not to be missed on any tour to St. Petersburg. The most beautiful by far.

Provider: Independent Operator

Philip Lowe

1 review

Mozaics not to be missed!

Provider: Independent Operator

iceclutz

1 review

Beautiful church, great history.

Provider: Independent Operator

movingarchitect

1 review

We did not have time to go in when on the coach tour but did have time on the walking tour. Of the 4 hours supposed to be walking, only achieved approx. half that with the rest on the coach.

Provider: P&O Cruises

geekguy1

7 reviews

Like the other churches, definitely worth a visit.

Provider: Independent Operator

TheJoneses

1 review

Canal cruise was awesome and informative! Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was awesome! If you like mosaics, this is a must see! WOW!

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

ivanchemist

2 reviews

I can't imagine the manhours required to make all the mosaics that cover this church, inside and out.

Provider: Independent Operator

Misschad

1 review

Although we did not have time to take a tour round the Cathedral it was worth standing outside as I would imagine it was as stunning inside as out.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

chileno first time cruise

1 review

My absolute favourite St P experience. An amazing building both inside and out. the mosaics are to die for.

Provider: Princess Cruises

slix1

2 reviews

As good as the pictures. Gorgeous onion domes and amazing tile work inside. Look closely at all of the craft it took to make these scenes out of tiny tiles.

Provider: Independent Operator

MNDutchGirl

5 reviews

This is unbelievably beautiful, but be aware that the cathedrals and churches are closed on certain days of the week. Also, many do not allow flashes to ensure you know how to use your camera.

Provider: Independent Operator

Charmed86

1 review

You have to take a 2-day tour! Took the cruise line excursion and shouldn't have. Very nice port. Customs: it is exactly like you imagine it. Got to see a lot of places. If you want to see a maximum of things, don't book with the cruise line. Friends of us didn't and got to do a canal cruise, take the metro, see a market. Instead, we had 2 very long lunches with sparkling wine, vodka and typical meal. Was nice but personally, we would have preferred to skip the big meal and see more of St-Petersburg.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

rgarick

1 review

Beautiful church with fabulous tile icons everywhere---don't miss it!

Provider: Independent Operator

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