Juneau in Juneau Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
St. Nichlolas Russian Orthodox Church
A building rich with history
Juneau’s gold rush in the 1880s initiated efforts by various missionaries to convert the Native peoples to their faith. American missionaries were instructed to suppress the use of native languages and as a result, many Tlingits chose to embrace the Orthodox Church which used native languages in worship. St. Innocent Veniaminov, was the first to translate the Christian Scripture into that language and taught Native Alaskans to read and write in their own language. Juneau Tlingit leaders, were eager to develop a parish and in July of 1892, Bishop Nikolai visited Juneau and baptized nearly 700 of 1,500 natives in the town. By 1893 community raised enough money to buy two lots in town and construction was started in July of that year. The church was finished in November of 1893 and Bishop Nikolai consecrated the church in June of 1894.
Architecturally, the building is beautiful example of the Russian American architecture and the unique octagon plan of St Nicholas is known to be the last of the Orthodox churches of this shape. The interior space is beautifully adorned with a seven-bay
(Quote) “The robes were decorated with gold and bright carnation cloth of a dazzling brightness, while his miter was studded with brilliants.” Alaska Mining Record reporting on Bishop Nicholas’ vestment at the church’s dedication June 28, 1894
Location. 58° 18.182′ N, 134° 24.544′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. Marker is on 5th Street east of North Franklin Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Juneau AK 99801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty Bell Reproduction (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alaska Native Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Archie Van Winkle (approx. ¼ mile away); Hard Rock Miners (approx. 0.3 miles away); Patsy Ann: her statue (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manila Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); USS Juneau (CL-52) Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Alaska Juneau Mill (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
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