St. Michael's Cathedral (Собор Архангела Михаила Sobor Arkhangela Mikhaila), also known as the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel (Собор Святого Архангела Михаила Sobor Svyatogo Arkhangela Mikhaila), is a cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Alaska, at Lincoln and Matsoutoff Streets in Sitka, Alaska. The earliest Orthodox cathedral in the New World, it was built in the nineteenth century, when Alaska was under the control of Russia. After 1872, the cathedral came under the control of the Diocese of Alaska. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962, notable as an important legacy of Russian influence in North America and Southeast Alaska in particular.An accidental fire destroyed the cathedral during the night of January 2, 1966, but it was subsequently rebuilt. The new building’s green domes and golden crosses are a prominent landmark in Sitka. Some of the icons date to the mid-17th century; two icons are by Vladimir Borovikovsky.St. Michael's Cathedral is located in the downtown business district in Sitka, on the southwestern coast of Baranof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of Southeastern Alaska. Its surroundings along Lincoln Street and Maksutoff Street, which ends at the cathedral, have not altered much during the last more than 100 years. Harrigan Centennial Hall on Harbor Drive lies behind the cathedral, while Pioneers' Home is to its left. The restored Russian Bishop's House, home of the first Orthodox Bishop of Alaska, Innocent (Veniaminov), is also nearby, operated by the National Park Service as part of the Sitka National Historical Park.By using our Sitka day trip site , you can arrange your visit to St. Michael's Cathedral and other attractions in Sitka.
St. Michael's Cathedral Reviews
We asked a local if there was 1 thing in Sitka we should see what would it be and he suggested St. Michael's Cathedral. We totally agree. It's a small Russian Orthodox church with a lot of amazing art... more »
An interesting Cathedral - I have never seen one so small or one that looked more like a museum. You do have to pay to enter and the money goes towards the care of its artefacts. Interesting place wit... more »
I took a quick look around the church. It's not very big but $5 is worth it to see relics and icons from another church if you are interested. It is fascinating to learn some of the things the Russian church brought here and their efforts to translate the Bible into the native language.
Beautiful church. I live in Sitka and to clarify, they charge $5 entry to tourists because they are a tiny congregation of mostly elderly and receive no outside help to maintain the structure. The “required donation” helps keep the building standing.
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