Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S is for Spas-Na-Krovi, Russia

From a city that also starts with "S", here is a postcard from St. Petersburg.

For letter "S" --

RU-2118338, Sender: Alya
Sent: 25 Oct 2013 from St. Petersburg, Russia
Received: 3 Dec 2013, Traveled 8,648 km in 39 days

Spas-Na-Krovi or Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood is a stunning church covered by mosaics in both the interior and the exterior. While reading the details at the back of the card, I was a bit puzzled by the detail "A. Parland". Thanks to Google, I was directed to a page for Alfred Parland, the lesser known architect of the church. Uncle Wiki says that this church is the life of A. Parland since it took a quarter century to finish and after that, he was responsible for maintaining the place.

If you would dedicate your life into a project, what would it be?



  1. I have been to St Petersburg too, not long after the fall of the Soviet Union. It would be good to go back to see how things have changed.
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  2. I would love to go there someday and take a ton of photos!

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

  3. Hi Maria, I was lucky enough to take a cruise through the Baltic several years ago and St. Petersburg was one of our stops. I do remember (who wouldn't?) this church ... it is simply stunning to see in person. Great postcard!

  4. Hi Maria .. what an amazingly incredible looking church ... love seeing this - stunning he dedicated his life to its creation and then maintainance .. cheers Hilary

  5. Wow, how beautiful! I would love to visit that church and see it up close. I'm always drawn to mosaics and this seems like such a dreamy, inspiring building.


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