Church on Spilled Blood (crs)
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The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood or the Church on Spilt Blood or the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. The name refers to the blood of the assassinated Alexander II of Russia, who was mortally wounded on that site on March 1, 1881. Construction began in 1883 under Alexander III, as a memorial to his father. At first it progressed slowly and was finally completed during the reign of Nicholas II in 1907. The Church is prominently situated along the Griboedov Canal. The embankment at that point runs along either side of a canal. As the tsar's carriage passed along the embankment, a grenade thrown by an anarchist conspirator exploded. The tsar, shaken but unhurt, got out of the carriage and started to remonstrate with the presumed culprit. Another conspirator took the chance to explode another bomb, killing himself and mortally wounding the tsar. The tsar, bleeding heavily, was taken back to the Winter Palace where he died a few hours later. It was decided that the section of the street where the assassination took place was to be enclosed within the walls of a church. That section of the embankment was therefore extended out into the canal to allow the shrine to fit comfortably within the building and to provide space on the exterior wall for a memorial marking the spot where the assassination took place.
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