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Russian Bishop's House

Lincoln & Monastery Streets, Sitka, AK
907-747-6281
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Ranked #7 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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San Joaquin, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

You can see the 1st floor of this house for free. It has some interesting exhibits and an informative video which also shows you what the 2nd floor is like. You can see the 2nd floor on a tour for a fee. A ranger there was very informative and let me hold a piece of tea which was like a... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was a great way to spend a little bit of time in Sitka. I was really surprised by the second floor of this museum. It was worth the extra money to go upstairs and see the entire museum.

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Naperville, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

the museum here was free on the first floor and really gave a great bit of detail on what it was like with the Russian bishop lived here. there was an amazing video that provided a lot of information. If you have time, there is a reasonably priced tour of the upstairs as well. My 10 yr old enjoyed this... More

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Greenwell Point, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This building is now run by the National Parks. The attendants were very friendly and informative. The house is two storey with not much to see but it's historical context within the town and preservation are important aspects to consider when viewing. Plus it's free.

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Prescott, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The park service has done a great job on the restoration of this significant and historic property. We highly recommend the ranger- led tour of the upstairs of the building. They do a great job and know their material well. It is good to hear about the positive side of the Russian presence in Sitka, and the man that truly... More

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Stouffville
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A wonderful step back to the past and Russian history. Run by Park Service so only$4... a great experience and highly educational.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

There are general exhibits about Russian Alaska downstairs, and a paid ranger-lead tour of the historic bishop's residence and chapel upstairs. Only my husband and myself were on the guided tour of the upstairs when we took it so had a close look at the historic rooms with all our questions answered.

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New orleans
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126 reviews 126 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Most of us from "the lower 48" have only a textbook narrative of Russian Alaska and its purchase by the United States. This building possesses keys to a far greater understanding of the role of the Church and its relation to the Russian state. The interpretive talks also provide insight into how the Russian orthodox Church built on the Tlingit... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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