The ferry stopped for 2½ hours in Sitka, so we took a bus to the old downtown for a brief tour. Sitka has (probably) been home to human culture since the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. It is is one of the oldest and most culturally significant communities in Alaska. The original Tlingit people were overcome in 1804 by the Russians, and later turned over to America with the sale of Alaska.
This photo shows the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel. It is the principal representative of 19th century Russian cultural influence in North America. The present cathedral is a reconstruction of the original building which burned to the ground in January 1966.