St. Michaels Cathedral, Sitka, Alaska
St. Michaels Cathedral, Sitka, Alaska | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Barek

First built in the 1840s while Alaska was still under Russian rule, St. Michael’s Cathedral stands as a landmark to the states religious history. While this cathedral has had a series of obstacles during its span, it is a loved historical place in the downtown area of Sitka.

While the first attempts at constructing a house of worship in the Sitka area began in 1813, using ruins from a shipwreck, the first St. Michael’s Cathedral was erected in the 1840s. After its completion in 1848, the cathedral was made from a mixture of pieces and artwork from both Russia and local craftsman in Alaska.

The original church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1962 but tragically burned down due to an accidental fire in 1966. Using salvageable pieces from the original cathedral and pictures, St. Michael’s Cathedral was rebuilt in the same location shortly after. Today, St. Michael’s Cathedral stands as a reminder of Alaska’s Russian historical ties.

St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral is located at 240 Lincoln Street in downtown Sitka. For more information about the Cathedral please visit the official website here.

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