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St. Michael's Cathedral

Lincoln and Cathedral Streets, Sitka, AK
907/747-8120
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Sitka
Type: Religious Sites
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Arizona
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

No visit to Sitka would be complete without a visit to St. Michael's Cathedral. Always colorful and prayerful, this Russian Orthodox church offers a good introduction to those not used to Orthodox churches. Built in 1848 but burned in 1966, it was rebuilt including the screens, icons, and other religious art rescued from the burning building. Across the street from... More

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Palmer, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Cathedral was reconstructed after a major fire destroyed the original, but the reconstruction was done in such a manner that you experience it as it was in its original form. Much history is displayed with good signage for a self guided tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We got the chance to go into the church and listen to local church member tell about the church and current congregation.

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Leawood, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It is very beautiful and still used as a church. I had never been in a Russian Orthodox Church before. Beautiful.

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Annapolis, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A must for the tourist, very informative woman. Nothing not to like. Liked the history and the beauty. Nothing not to like.

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This reminded me of the the churches one sees in Romania and Bulgaria. An old style Orthodox Church. It appears small and plain outside with the onion spires, but is worth the look inside.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I attended an orthodox mass on Sunday for the first time. It was such a great experience and the priest was so kind. I ended up joining he and a few others of the congregation for some snacks downstairs. Tip: listen to the beautiful bells on Sunday morning calling people to mass.

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Boulder, CO USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, the cathedral is closed in preparation for evening services. Therefore we couldn't visit it. If you want to see it, plan ahead.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

really, the outside is the best part. There was a fire maybe 15/20 years ago and this a reconstruction. The icons inside are original, rescued by the locals, but unless you are into Russian icons....

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A visit here will help you understand why the Tlingit people were able to relate to this sect of Christianity...heavy on iconography, formality, ceremony.

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