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Russian Bishop's House, Sitka

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Architectural Building · Historic Site
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The Russian Bishop's House (Russian: Русский Архиерейский Дом), once the Russian Mission Orphanage (Russian: Российская Миссия Орфанадж), is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark at Lincoln and Monastery Streets in Sitka, Alaska. Built in 1841–43, this log structure is one of the oldest surviving buildings of Russian America, and was one of the centerpieces of the Russian Orthodox church's efforts to spread its influence among the natives of Alaska. It was the home and administrative center of Ivan Veniaminov, the first Bishop of Alaska, later canonized as Innocent of Alaska. The house is now a unit of Sitka National Historical Park, and is administered by the National Park Service.
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  • This was a great place to visit and learn about the ties of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka, Alaska. Please if you have time take a few minutes to go and view the artifacts at the Bishops House....  more
    This was a great place to visit and learn about the ties of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka, Alaska. Please if you have time take a few minutes to go and view the artifacts at the Bishops House....  more »
  • We visited the Russian Bishop's House and spent about an hour. We were not able to take the upstairs tour because it filled up. We were not aware of Russian influence on the community of Sitka and.....  more
    We visited the Russian Bishop's House and spent about an hour. We were not able to take the upstairs tour because it filled up. We were not aware of Russian influence on the community of Sitka and.....  more »
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  • Very good source of history and displays. Well worth a visit. Guided tours of the up stairs rooms are operated at fixed times. Down stairs displays are free and accessible all day.
  • Quaint museum run by the National Park Service. Provides a glimpse of everyday life in the Russian Bishops House, like the original kitchen used, as well as information on Sitka while under Russian rule. The first floor is free admission and you would be able to see everything in about an hour. The Park Rangers provide scheduled tours of the second floor every few hours, but you have to sign up in advance.

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