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(New) Elevation of the Holy Cross Russian Orthodox Church

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1973–1975, Father Gabriel Gabrieloff

Dedicated in 1980, the new Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross was designed by Father Gabriel Gabrieloff, a native of the village. It is located on the adjacent hill, on the site of the 1895 “cathedral.” In its elements—a tall, cubical nave topped by a hipped roof, a large octagonal cupola over the nave, separate vestibule and sanctuary—it recalls the 1895 church, but the proportions of the plywood-covered church are not as graceful. Most notable in the new church are the icons, which probably first decorated the 1895 church. The nine-bay iconostas was purchased by Anisim Bel'kov, Father Zachary's brother, while the oil-on-canvas icons have a pre-Raphaelite appearance. Additional icons hang on the sides of the octagonal drum, as they had in the previous church. Still in use, this fourth church to be built in Russian Mission follows the traditions of its predecessors, architecturally as well as ecclesiastically.

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Author: 
Alison K. Hoagland
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Alison K. Hoagland, "(New) Elevation of the Holy Cross Russian Orthodox Church", [Russian Mission, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AK-01-WE017.

Print Source

Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 273-274.

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