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Address: Lincoln and Cathedral Streets, Sitka, AK
Phone Number: 907/747-8120
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$62*
and up
Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

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Very Interesting History Here

We were welcomed with an impromptu tour, and the local Priest was extremely interesting and approachable. The history of the place is fascinating, and it was well worth looking at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Belleville, Illinois
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Belleville, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We were welcomed with an impromptu tour, and the local Priest was extremely interesting and approachable. The history of the place is fascinating, and it was well worth looking at their collection, reading about the church, and getting a better understanding of the Russian Orthodox faith.

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Courtenay, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We entered the cathedral just as Mass was ending, and were warmly welcomed. There is a small fee ($5) to be used for restoration...Fabulous artifacts and lots of gold !

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

There were a lot of artifacts that had been used at different times during the 250+ years of the church's existence in Sitka. Ornate decorations, historical pictures. Interesting comparison of the Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic church beliefs.

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Vancouver
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It costs $5 to enter the historic cathedral (well, a rebuilt historic cathedral) in Sitka, but it is well worth it. The icons are amazing. Afterwards stop at the cathedral shop across the street for souvenirs--reasonably priced and most made in Russia. The money helps support the cathedral.

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Miami, Florida
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208 reviews 208 reviews
95 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This Church stands out among all the buildings in downtown Sitka and you can feel its presence from far away. The architecture is Russian and it is a lovely sight among all the modern buildings. Sitting pretty right at the junction, this Church was destroyed in a major fire in the 1960s. It had been restored and the inside of... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We loved Sitka. Walking around town and visiting the church was nice. Reading about the history of the Eastern Orthodox religion was interesting.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Easy to visit; in the center of town-most likely the favorite place to see in Sitka. Rich Russian Orthodox history-a cathedral with more than a century's worth of tradition, artifacts and cultural contributions. Don't miss it!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Really had good time seeing the collection of religious art. The beauty of the art was a spiritual experience to me, reaching deep into my inner self.

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Kake, Alaska
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sure this building has a lot of history, but to me it's just a church with a lot of fancy looking decorations. Maybe they could have used more of the money taking care of the people and less for decorations. It's cool to look at as you walk past, but I can think of a hundred better things to do... More 

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Sitka, Alaska
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This Russian Orthodox church is usually only open for tourists when the cruise ships are in, or for services. Yes, it is an active church which still holds services. There is no seating, so be prepared to stand. But, as a tourist visiting the church, I must say it was beautiful inside and well worth going to. There is a... More 

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