September 16, 2011

Grand Scenics of Alaska - Russian Orthodox Church

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.


6 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful church in such a glorious setting

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  2. Isn't it interesting bout the domes and also the white fences around each gravesite.

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  3. Cindy - The fences are called "cribs", and each gravesite is also marked with a traditional white Russian Orthodox cross.

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  4. What a beautiful church...a country Russian Orthodox church...quite easy to see why you're spirits were lifted. I see that it is well loved and taken care of.

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  5. Neat! I love cemeteries, have been through quite a few of them in earlier years.

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  6. LOVE the shot with the cemetery!

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