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HOLY ASCENSION RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

HOLY ASCENSION RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Unalaska, Alaska, United States
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BACKGROUND

Built in 1896 on the site of an earlier church, Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church in Unalaska is a reminder of the sizeable Russian community that once thrived in Alaska. The structure, formerly a cathedral, has a cruciform floor plan with three altars facing east, an apse, and a bell-tower that serves as the entry for the church. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Through assistance from American Express, WMF partnered with the Holy Ascension Cathedral Restoration Committee to conserve the historic structure. The church was made weather-tight so water and snow drifts were no longer a threat to interior walls and the icons they displayed. A fire detection and building security system was installed. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church is an outstanding reflection of Russian heritage in the Aleutian Islands. The site is associated with the first resident Orthodox bishop of Alaska, Rev. Ioann Veniaminov, also known as Saint Innocent of Alaska. The bishop and church made lasting impressions on the Aleut culture, architecture, and language. (...)