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St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Sitka

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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.
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  • This is a small church, but full of interesting iconography and historical tidbits. Fascinating look at the Russian influence on the Alaskan culture. 
    This is a small church, but full of interesting iconography and historical tidbits. Fascinating look at the Russian influence on the Alaskan culture.  more »
  • Out of respect you should remove your hat and put away all smoking and vaping materials before entering the church. The history and iconography here is beyond description. Beautiful and ornate church....  more
    Out of respect you should remove your hat and put away all smoking and vaping materials before entering the church. The history and iconography here is beyond description. Beautiful and ornate church....  more »
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  • We stopped her and was surprised to learn about the church history and influence. Free with donations accepted
  • We couldn't wait to visit this church and were not disappointed. Fascinating art!

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