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Russian Bishop's House

Lincoln & Monastery Streets, Sitka, AK
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Sitka
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Located within the Sitka National Historical Park, this is one of the last surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America.
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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Interesting and detailed portrayal of Russian Sitka. Gave great context and appreciation for that time period in Alaska.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

That it was simple and convenient to move through in that there was an order. There were good displays. The church was very good. That it is an old building that has been preserved. Great value

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had a guide named Ryan that was so knowledgeable. The history presented is fascinated and is a good Alaska history lesson as well as a great foundation for Sitka's history.

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Calgary, Canada
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153 reviews 153 reviews
28 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

You're not looking at great architecture here, but the Bishop's House is operated by the Forest Service, I believe, and it offers a fascinating early history of the settlement of the area, first by the Russians and indigenous indians, before the territory was sold to America. The downstairs is a free self tour, but definitely spend the few dollars for... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

I would highly recommend visiting the Russian Bishop's House. The bottom floor is free, and it's only $4 to visit the former living quarters of the Russian Orthodox Bishop. The Bishop's private chapel is incredible. Very fun, very educational, and very interesting! It's one half of of the Sitka National Historic Park, so you get to learn the Russian aspect... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Enjoy both the free and paid parts of the Russian Bishops House. The paid part takes you upstairs and really makes the place come alive. Working and living in New Arkhangelsk in the 1840's was not fun and life was short.

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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265 reviews 265 reviews
64 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

A miraculous restoration of the Bishop's house built in the mid 1800s. Full of artifacts about the Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian American trading company and early Sitka.

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Geelong, Australia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
34 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

If you are into historical buildings, and an interesting history to go with them, then this is well worth a visit. Some of the building structures were amazing in their ingenuity and proportion. The history is well portrayed via pictorial information plaques around the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The entrance fee to the ground floor museum is free, but it is well worth the $4 admission to tour the upstairs living quarters accompanied by a national park ranger who narrates throughout the tour. In fact, with a national park pass, the fee is cut in half -- it's a steal! The tour is fascinating and you learn the... More

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

From a historical perspective, this house is a good visit. Very unusual structural aspect as explained throughout.

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