An iconic sight: Kodiak’s Russian Orthodox Church

Kodiak, AK Russian Orthodox Church

Just like Ft. Abercrombie and Pillar Mountain, there are a few other places on Kodiak that cling in my mind from childhood. Anything I knew about the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral — or the Russian Church as I’ve always known it — I’ve long since forgotten. I’m terrible about those kinds of details. But I can tell you it was originally built in 1794 by a mission of Russian Orthodox monks and is supposed to be the oldest Orthodox parish in North America.

If you’re interested you can click here for a bit more information on the church and St. Herman of Alaska. This seminary is in his name:

St. Herman Seminary

St. Herman Seminary



Forgotten history lessons aside, just the sight of this church makes me feel peaceful. They still hold services in it though whenever I’m around it seems quiet but certainly not lonely, a little aloof even though its only blocks away from the busy boat harbor.

I also love that its blue domes and gold crosses mimic the colors of the Alaska state flag. It’s one of those places I can’t imagine existing anywhere else.

Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak, AK

Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak, AK

The back side of the church, were a few old graves remain

The back side of the church, were a few old graves remain

A bald eagle perched on the top of the cross

A bald eagle perched on the top of the cross

 

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10 thoughts on “An iconic sight: Kodiak’s Russian Orthodox Church

  1. That is sooooo cool — especially the bald eagle on top of the cross! They have a similar church, St. Michael, I think, in Sitka which I’ve visited a few times. Really neat to see that Russian influence. We have one fort on the coast of northern California that was built by the Russians and has an onion dome church and the crosses.

    • Thanks! I really can’t express enough how lucky I was that it was sunny out while I was in town. In the 18 years I lived in Kodiak I think 95% of the days were rainy and overcast or snowy. It was so cool to see all of my favorite sights on days when their beauty was actually visible!

  2. Oh, wow! I’m making plans. Thanks for the inspiration. Yesterday, I drover to the local AAA. Came home with a stack of guidebooks, brochures and maps. Of course, Alaska is high pri with me!

  3. LOL! Yup! I got soooo excited about Alaska that I “drover” to the AAA. Jeez. When you’re retired, you lose brain cells if you’re not careful. Love your posts on Alaska. Wish, wish, wish I was there with writer’s journal, camera and hubby. Hubby has the fancier camera. Maybe I can borrow it. Maybe not!

    • Bring the fancy camera for sure! I brought my Nikon and at one point was going between it and my brother’s bc he has a good telephoto lens. I also had my iphone out — basically taking as many pictures as humanly possible!

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