I love history and architecture and I accidentally stumbled upon this. I was glad to find it. Its a piece of Russia in the US. They still have church there.
We were on a small tour of Orthodox Alaska and its relationship to native peoples, so had the opportunity to attend worship here, hear the history of the church and its congregation. The building is in pretty good shape with ongoing projects to rehabilitate portions. Many icons fill the interior, and the Russian style dome is worth walking up the... More
Go on a walking tour! As soon as you get off the cruise ship go to the Information booth. Ask them to map our key places to see in Juneau - they are very helpful and knowledgeable. You will discover interesting places to visit - like St. Nicholas. You can have a tour as long or as short as you... More
Fascinating to visit a Russian Orthodox church where the priest does not speak Russian. He was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. He admitted us to the church after the visiting hours were over and explained the inconography. The church is not an architectural wonder, but the friendliness of the priest and the history of it are why I give it five... More
Its a very small Orthodox Church but quite interesting if you have not travelled to eastern Europe. Opening times are limited but one of the monks opened it for us outside of normal hours and was happy to talk about it.
In every small town hit by the cruise ships, there are many, many phony T-shirt and trinket shops. Up the hill from the docks, St. Nicholas, the local Orthodox Church built in 1893 to largely serve the First Americans is a real, authentic, living place. Take a few minutes and check it out.
still a work in progress for renovation, but we were fortunate to be there as a priest was speaking with a group of children of several ages.... a quiet and spiritual moment deeply appreciated.
I am Orthodox (though not Russian) but you don't have to be to appreciate the beauty and history here. The church is small and has a gift shop attached. The icons are beautiful and there is history available for you to read.
We enjoyed out visit to St Nicholas and got some good photos as there were hardly any people around at the time. A different little church showing Russian influence in the style.
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