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Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral

  • W. Broadway Ave., between 1st and 2nd Sts. Map It
  • Unalaska
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

Aside from the spectacular mountains and endless seas, the most dramatic man-made attraction in Unalaska is undoubtedly the Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church. The perfect, blue, onion-dome chapel right on the edge of Iliuluk Bay is the best Russian church left in Alaska, and possibly the most scenic church anywhere. The extant buildings dates to the 1890s, although there has been a church on the site since 1808. Now a National Historic Landmark, Holy Ascension is one of the oldest cruciform-style Russian churches in the nation, and it houses one of Alaska's richest collections of Russian artifacts, religious icons, and artwork. These are not museum pieces; they have been used regularly, and it shows. Next to the church is the Bishop's House, which is undergoing continuing restoration. A walk in the graveyard between the two buildings shows the full history of the area: Aleuts, sailors, and, always oriented to face the church, the graves of the Orthodox parishioners. Tours of the church can be arranged through the Unalaska-Dutch Harbor Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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W. Broadway Ave., between 1st and 2nd Sts., Unalaska, Alaska, 99685, USA

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Published 10/26/2015


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