So much for just reading today
Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
13Trip End Jan 12, 2010
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But it's 9am, it's -3 and it's supposed to snow today, so I've gotta get out into it.
Assault on Spass na Krovii - Take 2. I just hope my camera doesn't freeze.
I'm getting better at using my wide angle, but there are still more misses than hits. Though I am amazed at this camera's low-light capabilities.
For those who don't remember Spass na Krovii (Saviour on the Spilled Blood) here are some photos taken last night
It was begun in 1882 by Alexander III, in response to the assasination of his father, Alexander II, the year before. Alexander II had been killed by a revolutionary Nihilist group called Narodnaya Volya, or the People's Will, who had tried to assassinate him a number of times previously in an attempt to bring about constitutional reform (legend has it Alexander II had a plan for reform with him when he was killed). The Church is built on the sight of the bloodstain, hence why it juts into Griboedova Canal, and its name, Saviour on the Spilled Blood. The Church was partly built with donations from villages all across Russia, and decorated in mosaics depicting each village that donated something to the construction (144 in total). Alexander II was in fact extremely popular with the people and had introduced land reforms for the peasants earlier in his reign. The 'people' that the Nihilists were demonstrating the will of were themselves.