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St. Michael's Cathedral

Lincoln and Cathedral Streets, Sitka, AK
907/747-8120
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Ranked #8 of 15 attractions in Sitka
Type: Religious Sites
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Oakland, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This cathedral is amazing and highlights the unique community of Sitka. Sailors discovered the burning building and everyone in town worked together to save the relics. Because of the community working together, this cathedral has a wealth of historic artifacts. Must see! Donations accepted but not required

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Cahors
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This mini-cathedral houses some of the most wonderful artwork and artefacts. One does not need to be a follower of the Orthodox or any other faith to appreciate the beauty inside this building.

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Littleton, Colorado
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37 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stopped in on a recent trip to Sitka and was amazed at the interior of the church. The artwork and décor was amazing to see even if you are not religious. We had a conversation with the priest and learned a lot about the history of the church. I would recommending stopping in if you get the chance.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

St. Michael's Cathedral is located in downtown Sitka. The road goes on each side of this small Cathedral. While it is small the collection of Russian Icons are beautiful. Don't miss it.

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Leesville, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Having seen the Russian onion domed churches there I was underwhelmed by the exterior of St. Michael's. However, it is worth it to see the inside. The icons, guild, etc. inside are worth the short time it will take to go inside. There you will see what you could see what you might see in a much older Russian church.

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Titusville, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were fortunate to have a tour/talk by the local priest, who explained some of what we were seeing. It's a complex collection of icons and religious ceremonial items, which for a non-orthodox visitor is as mysterious as all the native items in the nearby Sheldon Jackson museum. Definitely worth the visit.

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Redmond, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It is really a beautiful cathedral and still operates as a church. its a way to touch the Russian history of the region

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Beautiful! Enchanting! Full of religious wonders and history. The stories of the icons touched my heart. A must when visiting Sitka.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

At First, when you see St. Michael's, you think..oh well...just another church....well..... W R O N G...strong words you say, well....It like stepping thru a door, going back about a hundred years... The Original Church burned down a few years back, but MIRACULOUSLY, many, of the PRICELESS Icons were spared, and in themselves, worth the time to see, and IF... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A very beautiful, historic and well preserved piece of Alaska's history. It is a strong visual of the Russian influence in Sitka, and a lovely experience.

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