Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka, Alaska
Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka, Alaska was originally constructed by Bishop Innocent. Additionally, Bishop Innocent had the Cathedral constructed in the Russian Orthodox style, likely because of the fact that Alaska was once colonized by Russia at one time. The Cathedral was built in the mid part of the nineteenth century and unfortunately burned down in 1966. For many folks, Saint Michael’s Cathedral was the cultural center for Sitka. Consequently, many residents of Sitka bonded together and collected some of the precious artifacts and iconography and the community soon vowed to rebuild a replica style of Saint Michael’s cathedral.
- The church, designed by Bishop Innocent himself, was built between 1844 and 1848 out of spruce timber and sailcloth for insulation.
- Though the congregation would mostly have been Russian expats and Scandinavian laborers upon the cathedral’s opening, today it is largely an indigenous population.
- Sadly, the original building caught fire in 1966 and burnt to the ground. St. Michael’s was the literal center of Sitka, and townspeople collected what artifacts they could of the demolished church, including precious icons.
“The church, designed by Bishop Innocent himself, was built between 1844 and 1848 out of spruce timber and sailcloth for insulation.”