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:
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.