St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
This quaint-looking wooden church reveals Juneau’s surprisingly diverse history. Because of Russia’s early presence, many Native Alaskan tribes had already converted to Russian Orthodoxy by the late 1700s. Tlingit leaders experienced a common recurring dream wherein a white-bearded old man told them to convert to Christianity. They recognized the man as Saint Nicholas, which led the impressed Russian Orthodox Church to construct the building in the late 1800s. Still in use, the church is one of Juneau’s most distinct and lovable buildings.
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