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St. Michael's Cathedral

Lincoln and Cathedral Streets, Sitka, AK
907/747-8120
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Sitka
Type: Religious Sites
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English first
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

When in Sitka you must check out St Michael's Cathedral, it is a truly beautiful building and cultural experience that you simply will not get short of visiting Russia. Combined with the Bishop's House National Park you will walk away with a better appreciation of Alaska's colonial experience. I saw others discouraged by the small donation of $5, but please... More

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Ringoes, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We did not get a chance to go inside, but this was the first stop of places to see in Sitka for me. Had seen pictures and wanted to see it for myself. Pretty little church right in the middle of town. While taking pictures a local stopped to talk to us. He told us to watch for the eagles... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Upon entering the Cathedral you have a feeling you stepped back in time. Sitka, on Baranof Island, was initially settled by the Russians and was the capital of Russian America. One can imagine what is was like in the day when viewing the splendor of the decor and the artifacts contained in the Cathedral. Well worth the visit.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This little cathedral sits right in the middle of town on a little island with traffic on both sides. The inside was just gorgeous with all the old icons, treasures and artifacts. Our narrator was very passionate about the history of this cathedral. Very interesting that 95% of the original artifacts were saved during a fire that destroyed the building.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Many Icons most over 100 years church is not what we consider a cathedral today but very old (rebuilt to original design in 1966 due to fire) still active and currently has long time resident member who is more than willing to provide history a must see

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

St. Michael's is a tiny Orthodox cathedral. I loved seeing it and learning about the Russian side of Alaska. I wished there had been more in the way of exhibits, though they had numerous GORGEOUS icons on display. Definitely worth a stop, but I wouldn't call it a "don't miss."

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Atlanta GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

During the week we spent here the church was only open when cruise ships were in town or when they were holding services. It is an accurate reproduction of the original building which burned in 1966. Fortunately they saved the icons and treasures inside.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Sitka was the second capital of Russian Alaska. The original St. Michael's was built in the 1800's, burned to the ground in the 1990's and rebuilt on the spot of the original. About 95% of the original furnishings were removed from the church before the fire destroyed the building. The cathedral itself is tiny. It would easily fit in the... More

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a great example of the historical significance of Sitka in the early days of Alaska. Built in 1848, was the first Orthodox church in the new world.

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ATL
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11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Self guided walking tour of beautiful restored church that was badly damaged in a fire. Locals burst into the church to rescue all of the treasures and relics before they could be destroyed. Small fee to enter.

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