The Church of Our Savior on Blood is definitely one of a kind for many reasons. First of all it is the only building in the European capital of Russia not built in typical European style. As magnificent as it is today, at the time of construction not all the contemporaries were happy with the design of the church fearing that it would destroy the European atmosphere of St Petersburg – which actually never happened, as today our city is unimaginable without the colorful domes seen even from Nevsky Prospekt.
Secondly, the Church of Our Savior on Blood is practically the only building in the city whose location was chosen not by the architect but by the customer. After the death of the Tsar Alexander II his son decided to create a small chapel directly on the place where the assassination took place.
However instead of the chapel it was decided to construct a church in the style of Moscow and Yaroslavl churches, for Alexander II loved Moscow. The church was to become a memorial to Alexander II and that is why even the dimensions of the church remind us of the Tsar. For example, the highest dome of the building is 81 meters to remind us of the assassination date – the 1st of March 1881, and the second highest dome is 63 meters – this is how old Alexander II was when he died.