When we were traveling down to Homer on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula, my husband surprised me by turning off and heading to the town of Ninilchik. Little did I realize that he was taking me to see a charming Russian Orthodox Church. Though it was a drizzly day with heavy grey clouds, this picturesque sight lifted our spirits.
Surrounded by an old cemetery (filled with unpronouncable Russian names), the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Church sits high on the peninsula, overlooking a small fishing village. Russian colonists settled this area in the early 1800s. The church was dedicated in 1901. The five ornate gold domes are said to represent Christ and the four Evangelists.