Friday, July 8, 2011

Saturday Photo Hunt --- Near






NEAR


Near or far off this tiny octagonal Russian Orthodox Church in Junea, Alaska is very intriguing.



St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

In continuous use for 117 years, most of its congregation are native people. The Russian Orthodox Church missionaries were much more successful in converting the native population in Alaska, as they conducted services in the native Klingit tongue rather than trying to suppress it as other missionaries sought to do. In fact this church was established through the efforts and initiative of the local Klingit leaders.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


17 comments:

CherryPie said...

That is a very interesting looking building.

I hope you have a great weekend :-)

Phil A said...

The fence is nearer still :-)

Carver said...

Fascinating church and history. It's so good to hear of missionaries that don't try to suppress native languages and hopefully customs either. A book I liked a lot, the Poisonwood Bible, is a good examples of the mistakes missionaries can make to everyone's detriment. Happy weekend!

Anne said...

What a cool little church. I love it and the history too.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Annie
http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/annienc/

ewok1993 said...

very interesting post. perfect for the theme.

jams o donnell said...

What a delightful little church. It looks utterly tiny

YTSL said...

It's interesting to see a Russian cultural presence in the American state of Alaska. Thanks for the info, jmb -- and I like the photo too. :)

photo-hunt-near said...

Cute little church!

Life Ramblings said...

beautiful church and great history. happy weekend.

Sandra said...

What a beautiful little church, loved reading about the history too. Happy weekend.

Liza said...

Great shot. Have a fabulous weekend!

Liz @ MLC

archiearchive said...

A beautiful building.

Gledwood said...

I've always wanted to sample an "Orthodox" church service purely for the colour and tones and fancy garb and the icons I heard are in the corner... I have to say of all the "brands" of traditional Christianity Russian Orthodox looks the most evocative to me... Plus I love Russian singing...

I still have yet to go to any Orthodox service, Russian or Greek... maybe I'll get round to it one day. I have a bit of a mental block as regards organized religion so I'm not sure... lovely photos though ;-)

ps how ARE you? Long time no see :-)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful colors :-)

TeacherJulie said...

That building looks interesting. Love the colors :)

Happy weekend!

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EastCoastLife said...

A pretty church with a normal history .... no human was cooked on its premises. :P

Colin Campbell said...

I have been to Alaska a couple of times. Not to Juneau though. On the some day agenda. Hope you have some nice weather.