This Russian Orthodox church was built by and for Serbian miners and Tlingit Indians—not Russians. Tlingits were attracted to the religion because of the church’s acceptance of their language and culture; Protestant missionaries attempted to erase their customs. Now, more than 110 years later, the church continues to serve the community, with services sung in English, Tlingit, and Slavonic. A classic Russian building, painted in the traditional blue and white colors with a small onion dome and bell tower, the church hosts services, dinners, and community events. It also has a small museum and gift shop, as well as watercolor paintings of Russian Orthodox churches in Southeast Alaska. While the building is in need of repair, this is still an attractive church, as well as a throwback to another time in Alaska history. Visitors are welcome for services, or during tourist season Monday through Friday from 9am–5pm, Saturday 9am–2pm, and Sunday 1pm–5pm. There is no admission, but a donation is requested.

Getting There

326 5th Street
Juneau, AK 99801
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