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Sitka Lutheran Church, Sitka

#39 of 45 in Historic Sites in Alaska
Church · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Sitka Lutheran Church (Finnish: Sitkan luterilainen kirkko) is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sitka, Alaska. Its first building was constructed in 1843 on what is now 224 Lincoln Street and was the first Protestant church in Alaska. The original church was built and its congregation established through the efforts of Arvid Adolf Etholén, the eighth Russian governor of Alaska. The land on which the church was constructed was deeded to the congregation in perpetuity by the Russian government at the time of the Alaska Purchase. The current church building is the third to be constructed on the site and was completed in 1967. It contains many of the furnishings from the original church, including its historic pipe organ and the altarpiece by Berndt Godenhjelm.
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  • We happened across this gem as we were exploring the streets of Sitka. Very interesting history and artifacts on display. Small but meaningful. I was even privileged to play the box organ that had...  more »
  • Across the street from the church that most everyone goes to see is a hidden gem, Sitka Lutheran Church. Don't miss the free tour where you find out this is the first Lutheran church in the west...  more »
  • It is free to visit this church which is found by Finnish. Learnt about Russian/Finnish history. Ask about Lutheran faith versus Russian Orthodox.
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