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When we visited, a new church was being built next to the old Church of Saint Nicholas in the village of Nikolaevsk.


67.5% of the population of Nikolaevsk is of Russian descent.


In 1968 five families settled in Nikolaevsk on the Kenai Peninsula. They belonged to a religious group known as the Old Believers (or Old Rite) —a sect that split from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1666 in opposition of state-ordered reforms. Their ancestors fled persecution to Siberia, China, Brazil, Oregon, and then Alaska. Today, there are 350 residents in the community.


Nikolaevsk, Kenai peninsula, Alaska. 2011

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Taken on August 18, 2011