|Welcome to Sitka, Alaska, the one-time Capital of Russian North America|
I rolled into town about 9 o'clock local time. Time for a short stroll around the town.
Note I am calling it a "town." The front desk clerk at my hotel corrected me when I called Sitka a "city." She insisted: "town."
I was about two blocks into my walk (which meant I had covered a significant portion of the downtown) when I spied one of the great landmarks of Sitka.
St. Michael's Cathedral, the first Russian Orthodox Church in North America. With a really loud party-trolley-thing in front of it.
I think it was supposed to be motorized, rather than bicycle-style pedal-power, but there were people pushing it up the hill. And whooping it up. So I think sobriety is optional. Most likely discouraged.
But back to church.
This is not the original St. Michael's, unfortunately, as that burnt to the ground in 1966. But the green domes make this still the signature building in all of Sitka.
Looking at it from the front:
And here's a shot with more perspective:
So I start walking away from the church toward the harbor area and there it is again:
I think this is called Totem Square. It's got a Totem. And it's square. And it's right next to the Totem Square Hotel. So I'm going to use deductive reasoning here.
This is the same photo as above, "landscape" rather than "portrait."
This is a view of the harbor.