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Address: 26640 Eklutna Village Rd, Chugiak, Anchorage, AK 99567
Phone Number: +1 907-696-2828
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This old Russian Orthodox village houses a unique cemetery, in which each...

This old Russian Orthodox village houses a unique cemetery, in which each grave is surrounded by a small, decorative burial house. One of the region's oldest buildings, a church built of logs, was constructed before 1870.

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I don't usually like "fake" cultural villages. However, this was really worth seeing. Usually, these places give me more info than I want. This was a perfect mixture of past and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I don't usually like "fake" cultural villages. However, this was really worth seeing. Usually, these places give me more info than I want. This was a perfect mixture of past and present with knowledgable guides and time to explore on our own. Everyone was very friendly and the whole area was very well kept especially considering it was very near... More 

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Well worth your time if you enjoy learning about the history of the area you are visiting. The two churches and the spirit houses in the cemetery are available for you to view. Our guide was a member of the newer church and provided a tour of the church's interior and well as background information on the old log cabin... More 

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Decatur, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The historical park is relatively tiny. However, for history lovers this is worth a stop. You can take a self guided tour or a volunteer member of the Russian Orthodox Church (yes the New Saint Nicholas Church at the site is still active) will give a tour. I strongly recommend that you take the "guided" tour. Our guide was excellent... More 

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Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

While driving North from Anchorage the Eklutna cemetery is well worth visiting. You'll see spirit houses that combine Alaska Native and Russian Orthodox traditions. This is a 15-20 minute stop.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This place was just off the Glenn Highway. We pulled into the parking lot and went into the gift shop where a docent gave us a tour of the cemetery. She was a member of the church there and gave us a very interesting tour of how the cultures blended. The spirit houses look like little dog houses on top... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

I never saw anything exactly like this. Seems to be combination of native and orthodox culture. Spirit houses!! cemetery!! .Take 15 minutes and see a one of kind site.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We were fortunate to find the docent present and she shared with us the history of the area, toured us through the church and then had an opportunity to wander through the cemetery and read the inscriptions and view the small "houses" built over the graves.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Our stop at the Eklutna Village Historic Park proved to be very unique, unlike anything we had ever seen before. Regretfully it is suffering from the ravages of time and there seems to be no effort being made to arrest the deterioration. There was no one manning the park when we stopped, making this stop all the more desolate. As... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This attraction is easy to get to and takes only about 30 minutes to experience, if you take the guided tour like our party of two did. The cemetery is interesting and the reasons for its uniqueness are fun to learn, but to truly appreciate this park one should have an interest in the Russian Orthodox Church. The art is... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

The docent was giving a tour when we arrived. There was a note in the gift shop saying that she was outside. We joined the group and we were able to visit the tiny churches. We learned so much about Russian Orthodox church services and symbols. For example, the "onion dome" on Russian churches represent the flame of a candle.... More 

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