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“Interesting, but not for everyone”

St. Michael's Cathedral
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Interesting, but not for everyone”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

My mom and I enjoyed learning about the historic St. Michael's Catedral, we also saw amazing art work, sculptures, and artifacts. The entrance fee is nominal and helps with the restoration/maintanence of the cathedral. However my partner was extremely bored and disinterested. Apparently my Catholic upbringing brought back a bit of nostaglia. Interesting attraction in Sitka, but not everyone will appreciate it.

Visited May 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Worth taking time to visit.”
Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

On July 4, 2012 while in Sitka as a port of call during an Alaskan cruise on the Westerndam, I visited this church. Our guide, Carolyn, explained the history & significance of this church. She was able to explain the various icons. It is now mainly a native American church. I bought a booklet about the church to bring home to read.
This was a part of a tour of Sitka. I found it worthwhile.
Later on that afternoon was able to meet the bishop, a very nice individual.

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“The heart of Sitka”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

While we visited here during our week in Sitka, we also returned on Sunday morning to be part of their regular worship service at 9:30 A.M. This turned out to be a highlight of our entire trip, as we were welcomed as part of the community and had an opportunity to visit with the priest over coffee at the conclusion of the service. One of the parishioners thanked us for staying for the whole service (apparently most visitors leave after a few minutes) and then greeted us warmly on the street several days later. If you've never experienced an Orthodox service, this is a great place to start. For Protestants it is a radically different type of worship. While the original building burned in the 1960's, the current church is filled with icons and items from the first. Its also a strong connection to the priest who had lived in the Bishop's House just a hundred yards or so down the road. Note the location of the church, right in the middle of the town, where it served as the center of the community. Worth a visit to take in its beauty, but also worthy of a place to worship.

Visited June 2012
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“Part of the history of Sitka”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

We visited this beautiful church while visiting Sitka as a port of call of our Alaska cruise . This Russian Orthodox Cathedral , located in the center of Sitka , is both beautiful inside and outside .
It is more appreciated if one has already visited the Russian Bishop's House not too far from there ; then it clearly establishes the importance of the Orthodox religion in Early-Alaska and why the worship was so important to the inhabitants .

Visited May 2012
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“A beautiful jewel of a cathedral”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

Sitka is so small and out of the way, I never expected to enter such a lovely Russian Orthodox Cathedral. It was a jewel of a church built by the Russians when Sitka was their Alaskan seat of government.
Filled with some beautiful icons, I could see why parishioners formed a human chain to save these historical treasurers when the cathedral burned down in 1966. That they were able to rebuild it using original drawings for the building are a testament to their love for this small, intimate house of worship.
A definite must for anyone visiting Sitka.

Visited May 2012
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