The exterior was built to resemble Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, and it is striking. But it’s the interior that really dazzles, as it is covered with over 75,000 square feet of mosaics. Numerous biblical stories are played out on pillars, arches, walls and ceilings.
Restoration work began in 1970 and finished 27 years later, although the church was never reconsecrated. It is designated as a Museum of Mosaics. But given its tumultuous history and breathtaking visuals, it could only be known by a moniker as dramatic as Spilled Blood.