The Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church is easily within walking distance and well worth the walk. The inside of the church has many religious icons and beautiful paintings. The priests were so willing to talk to us and tell us the history of the church. It is a beautiful example of a Russian Orthodox Church and a not-to-be missed place...
While everything in this delightful small church feels new, there is a sense of history that carries you back in time. If you have time attend a service, or at least part of one. You will get the feel of an American Russian heritage!
This building has been re-built (as the original structure was destroyed in a fire decades ago) and is being actively used by Kodiak's large Russian Orthodox citizenry. (Bells from the former church were salvaged & displayed outside.) An important part of the island's history, indeed... Enjoy :)
We sailed into Kodiak and I took our guests on a walking tour of the town. I wanted them to experience the rich history of the town that suffered in an a great Alaskan earthquake with how the resolve of the town took care of each other and beauty of this church. Although their is not an admission to this...
The best part of traveling is the surprises. This church, located just a few blocks from Kodiak's main harbor, is one of those special memories. The foundation stone says 1794 and it is described as the oldest Orthodox church in America. It is immaculately maintained, from the blue onion dome roof to the parcel of land on which it sits...
Sadly a man broke into the church and destroyed/damaged two of the stained glass windows and a number of the icons. He is now in jail. Despite the damage this is a lovely church to visit. The Priest is friendly, welcoming, and happy to tell you about his church and parish. Leave a donation to help them rebuild.
This is a great site 'in your face' historical building. It is well preserved. It is not a destination on its own, but because Kodiak is so small this church should be included. The cemetery is interesting to walk around as well.