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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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  • This was built in the early 20th century and they have done a remarkable job of renovating the interior; it is simply beautiful. As is the case in many of the "stan" countries, the parks that are adja...  more »
  • Definitely my favorite building in all of Almaty. The architectural design is simply gorgeous! The colors, both inside and outside, are just vibrant and beautiful. This church is as unique of a church...  more »
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  • It is the highest wooden orthodox church worldwide as far as I know. Very beautiful place for sightseeing and pray
  • 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.
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