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Address: 16515 Centerfield Drive, Suite 201, Eagle River, Anchorage, AK 99577
Phone Number: +1 907-688-6026
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One of the Best little tours in Anchorage

It used to be an unheard of place to visit...a church? a cemetery? But a very important one..for the cemetary is in an Athabaskan village...right outside of Anchorage (25... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
laughinghusky
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Anchorage, ak
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Anchorage, ak
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

It used to be an unheard of place to visit...a church? a cemetery? But a very important one..for the cemetary is in an Athabaskan village...right outside of Anchorage (25 miles) and it combines native Shamanism as well as Russian orthodoxy. The grave yard is fascinating. You can learn what the colors mean, what a spirit house is...Used to be free,... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We did enjoy this lovely church's history and still active here. Our little tour guide was full of tidbits about the church and the religion Thank you

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

This is an active church, but you are able to go inside and see it when the services are not going on also. Behind the church is a fascinating Native cemetery that is very colorful and different than I had ever seen before. Some of it is disappointingly in disrepair though. The people on site can tell you about the... More 

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Newport, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Nice little stop.We enjoyed the tour. Nice opportunity to get a little walk in on your way to your destination.

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chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Visit and tour of the site blends native Alaskan and early Russian history in a very interesting story. The info on the actual church, the services still held there and the stories behind the burial ground are unique and worth learning about. Richard Nixon was here with his family in the 50's- that alone should lure you here.

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

interesting melding of Russian Orthodox and Native Alaskan cultures. $5 admission, short informational tour of church with many ornate icons and cemetery with native "dollhouses" on the burial plots.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

I learned a lot about the blending of the Orthodox and native religions. The decaying cemetery is intentional as the native belief is that the spirit is only on this earth a short while and then travels on to the next world....thus no longer needing the spirit house they build at the time of the person's demise. I loved looking... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

St Nicholas church is a very cute and small church. We didn't go in but just took some pics. Its worth a quick look.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

The are two St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Churches, the old church (the oldest still standing in the Greater Anchorage area) and the new church that is still in use. I found the history and stories of the Park to be fascinating and well worth the time for the brief tour. Please read my complete review under the Eklutna Village Historic... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

Small and homey, the caretaker gave us an interesting explanation of the melding of Orthadox and native culture that resulted in an almost whimsical graveyard commemorating beloved family members. Interesting for those who like history or are inspired by the faith that led people far from home to tell others about their God. Too much to explain the native beliefs... More 

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