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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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  • August 18, 2017
    This cathedral is probably the number 1 sight in Almaty. Unfortunately, it underwent a major renovation at the time we visited the place. Nevertheless, you are able to enter and witness babies being b...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    At the moment is reconstruction of the façade, but the service is. We were late and came to closure, but one employee let us venerate the icons and see the Cathedral quickly. Unimpressed.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This legendary shrine, he suffered several devastating zemletrjacenij, this also applies to the other buildings of the architect Zenkov. By the way, a belief that it was built without a single nail, does not stand up to criticism, some of its parts were connected by metal skrepami. For more than a century, he decorates the Alma-Ata. And not only decorates, it also serves. Once I hit the Cathedral in time for Christmas, a bit delayed, people went away and I heard the rustle of wings opened a spiritual eyes — and to receive the angels. They were many, they rejoiced and danced. Then I opened that this church serves as a cleansing and spiritualizing cities and those living in it.
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  • June 29, 2017
    Simply awe inspiring. A complete building made without nails!!!
  • March 10, 2017
    Interesting building from the inside. Highly recommended and free to enter.
  • April 20, 2016
    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!
  • September 19, 2016
    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.
  • April 26, 2017
    Beautiful, late afternoon sun makes for a perfect photo

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