Drivers on Interstate 5, just north of downtown, often wonder to what those blue onion domes belong. The Red Square ... More
St. Spiridon Cathedral
Drivers on Interstate 5, just north of downtown, often wonder to what those blue onion domes belong. The Red Square resemblance isn't deceptive. St. Spiridon, a small white building surmounted by a cluster of gold-tipped domes, is indeed a Russian Orthodox church. It's fairly dark and intimate inside, and the incense provides instant transport to Byzantine lands. An annual fall bazaar offers a chance to eavesdrop on Russian tradition, snack on piroshky and browse books in Cyrillic.
This is a lovely little Russian-American parish church with an excellent choir and a warm welcome for visitors at any service.
St. Spiridon's has experienced an influx of new immigrants from Russia at a time when many Eastern Orthodox parishes are losing their ethnic emphasis, so you find a lot more Russian and Russian-Alaska influences than you might expect. The services are mostly in English except for a once-monthly Saturday all-Russian/Slavonic Liturgy.
Don't miss the festival, and don't be afraid to visit a service.
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