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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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Warwick, New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Located on one of the main streets in Sitka (and walking distance from the cruise port), the Russian Bishop's House gives visitors an inside look into the history of the area. To tour the bottom floor of the house is free, but there is a small fee to go upstairs where it is set up as a house from the... More

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Alpine, California
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69 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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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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33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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