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St. Michael's Cathedral

Address: Lincoln and Cathedral Streets, Sitka, AK
Phone Number: 907/747-8120
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Sitka
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sitka, Alaska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Brisbane, Australia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
89 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The presentation on the history of the church was very interesting and it was amazing to walk around and see all the iconography literally covering the walls.

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The Hill Country, TX
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

A superb collection of Orthodox religious artifacts. It is a very moving experience even if you are not religious. Lots of history. Highly recommended.

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Henderson, Nevada
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174 reviews 174 reviews
55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

HI. this is right in town and if you do the walking tour you cant miss it. its like on the main street and can see it from close by. it was closed when we got to town but it is unusuall in that it is in the middle of 2 streets. the street goes around it on both sides.

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Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

As you enter the Cathedral it is amazing to see the breathtaking beautiful religious icons and artifacts.

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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The interior was beautiful and our guide had lots of facts about the icons and paintings. There is a book store as well. Picture taking is allowed and men are asked to remove hats. It was a terrific spot to stop on our tour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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227 reviews 227 reviews
94 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This church looks very ordinary from the outside but once you go inside you will be amazed. I had never been in a Russian Orthodox church before this one and I was splendidly surprised by the religious art, icons and screens. I am glad they saved them from the fire. If you are in Sitka you must visit this church.... More

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Arizona
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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