Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia

HER LOOK
Blazer: Nordstrom
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Scarf: Nordstrom
Jeans: Mott & Bow
Shoes: Jack Purcell
Purse: Kate Spade
Pink Hat: Russia (right outside the cathedral at the souvenir stands!)

These pictures are from the exterior and interior of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  This church is a super iconic building in Saint Petersburg and is a MUST SEE in person if you ever get a chance! In pictures it is hard to captures the grandness of this church!

The Church of the Savior was built from 1883 to 1907. The Construction was funded from the imperial family and many private donors.  Construction started with Alexander III and was to be a memorial for his father Alexander II. The construction was completed by Nicolaus II.

The church its self is located right next to the Griboedov Canal, which makes for a breath taking view when walking around, or on a canal ride!  The church was built after inspiration from the Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow in 17th-century style.  The architecture is a mix between Baroque, Neoclassical and medieval Russian.  The completed cathedral cost 4.6 million Rubels!

The interior of the cathedral is covered from ceiling to floor in stunning mosaics!  When you see the pictures above its hard to tell that the art work is not paintings but small little individual colored tiles!  There is 7500 square meters of mosaic tiles of art work, and darling floral borders.  The creative borders were my favorite part! The mosaics are of biblical figures and stories.  The mosaics were created by architect Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, and artists Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel.

In 1992 the Soviet government closed the church.  It was used to house those who had passed from military, starvation, or illness, then after the ware to store vegetables.  After the Russian Revolution, the church was resorted in a period of 27 years and reopened in August 1997.  As of now the church does not run as a place of full time worship.

I can see why this place is so highly visited for tourists in Saint Petersburg!  I did not want to put my camera down the entire time we were in there!  Here is a vlog below from our travels this day and adventures at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood! Hope you have a great day!

P.S. I got these stretchy black jeans right before I left, from Mott & Bow and have been obsessed with them! If you know anything about me, I don't like pants (I'm a dress kinda gal) and I loved these high waisted jeans so much I went and bought some cute tops so I can wear these pants more! If you are looking for some comfy jeans that fit like a glove, make sure to check out Mott & Bow!  They have mens too :)

Peterhof Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace
Saint Petersburg- Peterhof Palace

HER LOOK
Dress: From Russia (similar here, here)
Sneakers: Jack Purcell
Purse: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Le Specs

Peterhof is a place that pictures and video do not do it justice!  It is beyond grand in appearance and size. Everything there is just breath taking!  The indoors of the palace are stunning (sadly the no longer let anyone take photos inside) and the grounds were as well spectacular!  It can be referred to as the Russian Versailles, which would be a great description!  

Building of the palace started in 1714 and was completed in 1721.  Peter was very passionate about the fountains and landscaping and wanted to expand the palace but after his death (in 1725) the whole project came to a halt.  The palace project was abandoned and later brought back to life by Peter's daughter Elizabeth in 1740. 

We had a tour guide to take us through the palace.  We had head sets so if we were not right next to the guide we could hear what she was saying.  It was super nice to learn about what was going on.  The only negative of having a tour guide was when we were walking around the fountains and gardens we didn't have the time we wanted to wander around since we needed to get back to the tour bus at a certain time.  If you ever get a chance to visit Peterhof, a tour group is wonderful, but make sure to find out how long you will have to explore the gardens.  You could spend all day there, and there are even little innovative splash gardens kids can play in from back in the day!

The fountains and gardens go on for miles and miles.  There are tons of diffrent styles of fountains and neat water works.  The uniqueness of the fountains was fantastic but the thing that was most amazing to me about the fountains was how they functioned and got their water source from.  All of the foundations work without a pump! The water supply comes from natural springs where the water is stored in reservoirs in the upper gardens.  With the elevation levels it creates pressure to supply water to the fountains.  I am constantly amazed at what people can come up with, and make it happen, and how it still works hundreds of years later!

In May every year, there is a opening ceremony for all the fountains to each be turned on one by one after the winter!  If you are ever planning a trip to Russia.... that MAY be a grand time of the year to go!  Make sure to get your Russia Travel Visa first though :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you want to see more of Russia, you can see my daily vlogs from the trip here.  Hope you have a great day!

P.S. Did you see the Kate Spade Surprise Sale is just started?! The items are up to 75% off! It is one of my all time favorite places to shop for handbags! I just bought this cute backpack in the pebble white! I wished I had a cute backpack for this Russian Trip so I thought I should get one now for the next adventure :) SALE HERE>

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

Thursday, July 21, 2016

eliza j fit and flare dress navy stripes
cool things to do in Saint Petersburg, Russia
cool things to do in Saint Petersburg, Russia
eliza j fit and flare dress navy stripes
cool things to do in Saint Petersburg, Russia
eliza j fit and flare dress navy stripes
cool things to do in Saint Petersburg, Russia
cool things to do in Saint Petersburg, Russia
cool things to do in Saint Petersburg, Russia
eliza j fit and flare dress navy stripes

HER LOOK
Dress: Eliza J (also here)
Sunglasses: Karen Walker
Shoes: Cole Haan
Purse: Kate Spade

After a week in Moscow, we took a night train to Saint Petersburg!  I have never slept on a train so that was a neat experience!  I felt like I was on the train to Hogwarts!  We woke up on the train and headed out straight to explore the city!  I heard Saint Petersburg was the Venice of Russia, and it was true!

I wore these pink Cole Haan Grand Pro sneakers all over Russia and loved wearing them!  Not only were they comfy, I love the soft blush pink color!  I had brought them to go with a few outfits, and after wearing them around the first day, I ended up wearing them almost every day because they went with all my outfits and were a great sneaker to wear all day!  These sneakers come in a ton of fun colors, so make sure to check them out here!  Or get pink ones too and we can be twins :)  They are the perfect summer sneaker!

If you want to see more of Russia (I will not be posting about everyday) here is a link to all the Russia Vlogs in order from day 1 to day 13!  Here is our first day in Saint Petersburg below!  We did a walking tour of the city and had fun exploring some cute shops!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!