St. P #5 – Architectural feast:

The first night is wonderful concert at the Church of the Spilt Blood (a popular Tsar was murdered on the spot).  The ornate rococo-glorious too-much-is-not-enough tall red sanctuary spired with ice-cream cone onion domes, topped with gold crosses, chained against the wind.  During the Communist times, it used as a stable – a travesty as it is wallpapered with mosaics– the entire life of Christ up the walls and across the ceiling, now completely and lovingly restored.  Amazing acoustics support the choir’s dissonant program of Taverner-like modern sacred music.

Another church was turned into the ‘Museum of the Atheist’, now restored as a cathedral.

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