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Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church

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The village of Naknek is located at the mouth of the Naknek River, on the north side. Built in 1912, Saint John the Baptist is a rectangular block, 16 feet by 38 feet, incorporating both nave and sanctuary. Of wood-frame construction, the church's walls are covered with clapboard siding. The gable roof is decorated with three onion domes and crosses. The decoration of the interior is modest, although the royal doors of the iconostas feature circular oil-on-canvas paintings. Set in a fenced churchyard, on the edge of the river next to the original village of Naknek, the church is soon to be replaced by a new one, on another site.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church", [Naknek, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 280-280.

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