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Address: 16515 Centerfield Drive, Suite 201, Eagle River, AK 99577
Phone Number: (907) 688-6026
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This is a sleeper-well worth a visit

Visit and tour of the site blends native Alaskan and early Russian history in a very interesting story. The info on the actual church, the services still held there and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 18, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

This is an active church, but you are able to go inside and see it when the services are not going on also. Behind the church is a fascinating Native cemetery that is very colorful and different than I had ever seen before. Some of it is disappointingly in disrepair though. The people on site can tell you about the... More 

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Newport, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Nice little stop.We enjoyed the tour. Nice opportunity to get a little walk in on your way to your destination.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Visit and tour of the site blends native Alaskan and early Russian history in a very interesting story. The info on the actual church, the services still held there and the stories behind the burial ground are unique and worth learning about. Richard Nixon was here with his family in the 50's- that alone should lure you here.

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

interesting melding of Russian Orthodox and Native Alaskan cultures. $5 admission, short informational tour of church with many ornate icons and cemetery with native "dollhouses" on the burial plots.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I learned a lot about the blending of the Orthodox and native religions. The decaying cemetery is intentional as the native belief is that the spirit is only on this earth a short while and then travels on to the next world....thus no longer needing the spirit house they build at the time of the person's demise. I loved looking... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

St Nicholas church is a very cute and small church. We didn't go in but just took some pics. Its worth a quick look.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The are two St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Churches, the old church (the oldest still standing in the Greater Anchorage area) and the new church that is still in use. I found the history and stories of the Park to be fascinating and well worth the time for the brief tour. Please read my complete review under the Eklutna Village Historic... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Small and homey, the caretaker gave us an interesting explanation of the melding of Orthadox and native culture that resulted in an almost whimsical graveyard commemorating beloved family members. Interesting for those who like history or are inspired by the faith that led people far from home to tell others about their God. Too much to explain the native beliefs... More 

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