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Russian Bishop's House

Lincoln & Monastery Streets, Sitka, AK
907-747-6281
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Ranked #7 of 16 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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Alpine, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
69 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We stopped here as part of our visit while on the Amsterdam cruise ship and was glad we did. Built in 1842 by the Russian American Company as a residence for the bishop of the Orthodox church. It is the oldest Russian intact building in Sitka. Was later converted into an orphanage! Free entry into this great museum. They have... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Russian Bishop's House is a National Monument and worth touring. A Park Ranger conducts the tours and does an outstanding job. The cost is cheap and a great opportunity to learn something about this quaint little town.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This would have received a "4" except for the excellent tour guide from Parks who was incredibly knowledgeable about not only the Russian Bishop's House but all the history from that time period. It was a fascinating place to visit and definitely an important part of the history from this region.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Russian Bishop's House is a good way to get a glimpse into the past when Sitka was the capital of Russian Alaska. There is even some original wood left and wall space where children scribbled as well as original books and documents preserved behind glass. Learn about the significance of devil's club plant. Allow a couple of hours to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

but you can miss it. It gives a bit of history of the place and has cut away walls so you can see how things were built back then.

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Seattle, Washington
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Close to the one traffic light is the Russian Bishop's house. The first floor is a free museum. The upper floor costs money. I wasn't a fan of how the museum video presented the Tlingit/Russian relationship. There was a passage that was, to wit: Boy it's a great thing we Russians brought that small pox plague that killed 50% of... More

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Olympia, Washington
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12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is great museum for understanding the history of the Russian presence in Sitka. The chapel was particularly beautiful.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Sitka was the first stop on our Alaska visit and the main reason for going there was to learn a little about the Russian history in the area. This House is run by the NPS and for a nominal fee we took a guided tour. We were the only ones there. It was a great introduction to the area. Learned... More

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Toowoomba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Bit of a history fan and very interesting innovations for heating. Guide spoke clearly and slowly so we heard every bit of info.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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46 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I would say that you have to make a stop here. My husband and I almost didn't stop in, but we are so glad that we did. The bottom floor is free and very interesting, but I would recommend paying the $4 to visit the former living quarters of the Russian Orthodox Bishop. It is so fascinating and you learn... More

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