"Russian Orthodox Chapel--Exterior Views" Fort Ross State Historic Park Things to Do Tip by atufft
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The chapel had been repaired and modified prior to the collapse of the walls in the 1906 earthquake. Remaining sections of the stockade also fell during the earthquake Fortunately, the roof wasn't so damaged, providing important information for reproduction. At one point, the chapel was rebuilt in a modification to have four windows, rather than three on the west face, then later a better restoration accidentally burned to the ground in 1971. After the 1971 fire, CA 1 was re-routed away from the Fort Ross grounds (it had actually gone right through the center of where the stockade had been, quite near the chapel). The last more substantial well funded effort reproduced the exact construction of the original, based upon photos and improved knowledge about the carpentry. The original bell and other religious artifacts had also been lost in the fire, but the bell was recast using materials from the original. This bell hangs today outside the entrance.
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