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Ascension Cathedral, Almaty

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Religious Site
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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  • Because there is not much to see in Almaty, this church is worth a visit. It is located in a large park. Outside as inside well maintained, colorful, nice interior. Place of worship alive, not only for tourists.
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  • After the ancient temples of Kiev voznesensky Cathedral perceived era new martyrs, and icons in the Cathedral evidenced by themselves. Seems as though you see everything familiar, and yet new. The flowers are fragrant, soothes the silence, quietly burning candles. And torn prayer to God in the sky.
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  • First time we visited inside the cathedral and it was very impressive. Not source if you are allowed to take photos, but some people were. We visited during some sort of service and this was impressiv...  more »
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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.