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St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral
St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral

St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral

Free admission
Summer hours: 9am-4pm.
240 Lincoln Street, Sitka, 99835

The basics

St. Michael’s Cathedral is one of Sitka’s most interesting landmarks and the cathedral’s dome, bell tower, and cross can be seen from almost anywhere in town. St. Michael’s is an active church with a largely indigenous congregation. Services are held in English with many hymns sung in Tlingit, Aleut, Yupik, and Slavonic languages. Combine a tour of St. Michael’s Cathedral with a visit to the Russian Bishop’s Museum for a fascinating introduction to Sitka’s Russian heritage.

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Things to know before you go

  • The St. Michael’s Cathedral is a must-see for history and architecture buffs.
  • A small donation is requested to tour the church.
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
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How to get there

St. Michael’s Cathedral is located in the center of Sitka within walking distance of the Baranof Castle, Totem Square, and the Russian Bishop’s House. Most visitors arrive in Sitka by cruise ship or via the ferry from Juneau. Downtown Sitka is small and compact so it is easy to walk, bike, or take a taxi between the main city attractions.

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When to get there

Sitka’s St. Michael’s Cathedral is open to visitors from 9am to 4pm during the summer months when cruise ships are in port. Evening services are offered during weekdays and morning and evening services are held on Sundays. Tours of the cathedral may be available during the winter months with advanced notice.

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The Naming of St. Michael’s Cathedral

Legend has it that the Russian ship Neva was carrying a painting of St. Michael when it sank bound for Sitka. Thirty days later, a crate containing the painting washed up on shore unscathed and thus the cathedral was named after the saint. This painting of St. Michael also survived the fire and can be viewed inside the church.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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