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St. Nicholas Cathedral, Almaty

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Feel the tranquility and light a candle at St. Nicholas Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church in Almaty’s Almaly district. Set in a small green park with ornate gilt domes contrasting with white and pale cyan walls, the building's interior features elaborately painted walls, ceiling, and icons. You can also admire the relics of 20 different saints in the church. A similarly painted Sunday school, a library, and a reception hall stand adjacent to the cathedral, with a life-size statue of St. Nicholas next to the stairs leading to the main entrance. Having served in the past as a museum of atheism and a stable, the church has been reopened to worshippers since 1980. A visit to St. Nicholas Cathedral represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Almaty vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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Where to stay in Almaty

Accommodations in the urban area of Almaty can be found almost exclusively in the grid-system city center. Located close to the main train station, you'll find hotels both upmarket and budget, with the former enjoying commanding views of the mountains on tree-lined boulevards, and the latter tucked away on the central district's side streets. Ski resorts to the south, as well as wild camping opportunities, provide good options for those wanting to get active and enjoy the surrounding landscape.
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  • Free entrance Wooden building with lovely colours, this is a wonderful Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the heart of the city (walkable to other places). Nice food stands outside the church and lovely lo...  more »
  • A beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral made of wood and grandly ornate, surrounded by modern block buildings but engaging area even though it was tricky getting directions as no one either knew it exi...  more »
  • A visit to the Cathedral is a must. A stunning building all made from Wood and an amazing inspiring history of how it survived the great Almaty earthquake. Its well worth the visit not matter what rel...  more »
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  • Situated in one of the many parks in Almaty, this venue is a fine example of Eastern Orthodoxy in a building. The exterior is exquisite in its features but the interior will take your breath away. I visited this location on a tour with the Almaty City Tours Company and their guide provided an excellent background of the building to me. Highly recommended.
  • One of the monuments of the old town. Nikolsky Cathedral is the orthodox temple. The main services are held in Saturday and Sunday.
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  • Beautiful Cathedral! Ringer-a good egg to hear bells straight fun!
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  • Among the cathedrals to visit to Almaty
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