Learn More about the Area’s Russian History
Remnants of Kenai’s Russian history can be found throughout town. Start at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, which doubles as a museum that features historical exhibits on the city’s Russian heritage in addition to the city’s Alaska Native history. Check out the exhibits and watch the beautiful films about the area. Ask the friendly and knowledgeable staff about the area before taking off to the next stop on the journey through Alaska’s Russian history.
Next visit the ornate Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church. Built in 1895 and now designated a National Historic Landmark, it is a beautifully built, white-clapboard structure topped with three blue domes. In addition to the church, a small chapel in Kenai is representative of Kenai’s Russian past. The St. Nicholas Chapel is located just west of the church and was built in 1906 over the burial site of Father Igumen Nicolai. He was the first resident priest in the city.
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