We sometimes laugh at many Alaskan “historic sites” which date all the way back to the 1940s or 1950s. Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel sits atop the graves of Igumen Nicolai, his assistant Makari Ivanov, and an unrecorded monk, on the site of Soldotna’s original Russian Orthodox Church from 1840s.
The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church was built 1894, and still holds church services regularly. The church community recently completed major preservation work and the church looks great. This is a real historic site, said to be the oldest Russian Orthodox Church in America.
The priest explained this church’s history and significance here and explained many of the icons and saints. We enjoyed listening to his explanations and answers to our many questions.
We followed the Old Town Kenai walking tour to view the eighteen named sites. Along the way we stumbled into Scout Park atop a…
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