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Ascension Cathedral, Almaty

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Located in Panfilov Park, Ascension Cathedral represents a rare religious structure made entirely out of wood, without any nails or metal components. Built in the late 19th century, the tall cathedral was used as a museum after the Communist revolution, but the Russian Orthodox Church restored its original purpose and publically reopened it in 1997. Explore the lavish Tardis-like interior assembled by artists and carpenters from Moscow and Kiev, and absorb the atmosphere infused with quiet religious chants and burned incense. Inspect the sacred relics and frescoes, along with elaborate gold and pearl paintings of the Virgin Mary. Respect the dress code during your visit. To visit Ascension Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Almaty, create itinerary details personal to you using our Almaty trip itinerary planner.
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  • Almaty is the best (maybe only) sights. Be sure to stay in Almaty. Russia even if it achieves compared to big and beautiful Cathedral. In the evening, visit the more beautiful
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  • The cathedral is totally made of wood. Free entrance. The cathedral is a little small, but very charming. The interior is classical for Roman Catholic cathedrals. No seats! 
  • Small size, but also by shining between the snowy Park appearance this is better in a brilliant style, coated in gold leaf of the Orthodox style when you enter the altar paintings are carefully filled with cute sitting in a wooden chair, you'd come in the Interior, and pray constantly like that, even the locals seemed to be raising a second meditation. personally not so favorite Cathedral of size and style.
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  • Constructed inside one of the largest parks in Almaty this wooden Cathedral is testament to the work of its architect. It was designed to withstand the earthquakes in the region & it has done so on many occasions. Supposedely built of wood without the use of nails, it prsents an impressive sight amongst the greenery of the park. While the exterior is impressive, the interior is even more beautiful, with icons & Christian imagery abounding. The reverential silence inside the building serves to enhance the ambience. Votive candles & other religious items are available in the foyer, along with souvenirs. Highly recommended.
  • This is, for me, the quintessential orthodox church. It was being lovingly maintained by parishioners while I visited. There's a curio shop at the entrance that sells iconography, but you need cash. They have some gorgeous stuff. The grounds surrounding it are also spectacular. Highly recommend!
  • Just on the edge of the park. This gorgeous building is a must see in my opinion
  • Gorgeous sight! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • One of the nicest churches that I have been in terms of the outer appearance, and the surrounding area.