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. By using our Sitka day trip site, you can arrange your visit to St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral and other attractions in Sitka.
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  • if you tourist and not on a cruise day, then you will be rushed Staff thought there was to be a cruise and when we walked in, they informed us they were closing since there was not cruise. In... 
    if you tourist and not on a cruise day, then you will be rushed Staff thought there was to be a cruise and when we walked in, they informed us they were closing since there was not cruise. In...  more »
  • What can I say about this iconic landmark in the middle of downtown Sitka. The history behind it, the photos and paintings about this beautiful Russian Orthodox Church is something you’ll alway... 
    What can I say about this iconic landmark in the middle of downtown Sitka. The history behind it, the photos and paintings about this beautiful Russian Orthodox Church is something you’ll alway...  more »
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  • Small and beautiful, just my style.
  • A must see for Sitka. If you are looking for a museum-like experience, the Bishop's House is more what you might expect. This cathedral does not feel like a museum, because it ISN'T a museum. The donation box is awkward and the glass cases with (seemingly) random old church stuff is the only "museum" experience you will find here. This is a church. You likely will not visit when it is doing what it was made to do, but this is a house of prayer. If you are struggling with life in any way at all, go over to the icon of Mary on the far left of the icon screen (the wall of icons between the main room and the sanctuary at the far end). Pour our your problems to her...and I guarantee: she will answer.

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