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Ascension Cathedral, Almaty

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. Use our Almaty day trip planning tool to add Ascension Cathedral and other attractions to your Almaty vacation plans.
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  • Full wood shrine, it is the second tallest building in the world. Is located in the Park 28 Panfilov Heroes ' Park. When you visit Almaty, it is clearly one of the attractions you want to visit.
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  • Unfortunately when we visited the Cathedral was under renovation so we could not go in. However from what we could see it was very colourful and looked beautiful. I am sure when the work is completely...  more »
  • Cannot get inside 10/2018 currently, the exterior is under construction, is not only seen from the outside. It seems to work untill next year.
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  • Really nice and peaceful Orthodox cathedral in downtown Almaty. The interior and the exterior are beautifully decorated. After visiting the cathedral, be sure to spend some time going around the surrounding park, which is beautiful as well and makes for a very pleasant walk.
  • Currently undergoing renovations so unfortunately not much to see! I’m sure worth a visit once completed though
  • In the late 19th century the first bishops of the Turkistan eparchy discussed the need for a Russian Orthodox Church in Almaty. On September 26, 1903, the bishop of Turkestan and Tashkent, Paisii (Vinogradov) consecrated the foundation of the church. Construction took place between 1904 and 1907. The belfry was erected on September 14, 1906. The cathedral survived the 1911 earthquake with minimal damage, even though it was built without any nails, which some bishops attributed to divine intervention,[3] although some credit might also be given to the advanced anti-earthquake techniques invented or employed by the architect, Andrei Pavlovich Zenkov. The inner structure of the cathedral was made in art workshops in Moscow and Kiev. The iconostasis was painted by N. Khludov. After the Russian Revolution the cathedral was used to house the Central State Museum of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. From 1930 to 1940 it was used by notable public organizations. The first radio transmitters in Almaty were situated in the cathedral's belfry. Front View of the cathedral during winter Restoration work on the cathedral began in 1973 and lasted until 1976. In May 1995 control of the cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1997, after additional restoration work, it was reopened for religious services.
  • Good place for evening walking in hot summer days.
  • Currently under renovation, nothing much to see, kinda disappointed so I was expecting this long time before I came Almaty
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