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“rge wooden church”

Ascension Cathedral
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Ranked #3 of 213 things to do in Almaty
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The main attraction in Almaty's Panfilov Park is the Russian Orthodox early 20th century Ascension Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world (5 months before I had been at Panamaribo's Cathedral, the largest wooden building of the America's).

The church gets mainly visited by Kazakhstan's ethnic Russians. Men are not allowed to wear a hat and almost all women here have their head covered with a scarf. Photography is not allowed inside. The believers make their cross in front of the most venerated icons, especially that of Virgin Mary and of Saint Nicholas. Unlike the Greek Orthodox they also bow their head in front of the icon.

There is a very big gilden iconostasis inside and on the walls there are some frescoes and stained-glass windows. The central cupola, held by pillars, has a flat ceiling. On the outside the cupolas have gilded spires.

In the narthex at the entrance is a shop, which sells candles and icons. Outside the cathedral is a big concrete square with many pigeons

Thank saronic
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

As someone said in another post this Orthodox Cathedral is under renovation only on the exterior, you can enter through the side door. Yoi can take photos, but for respect don't take it during the service. Another tip is that married women who visit this Cathedral should cover their heads with a cloth, in case you don't have one, they lend you one, there is a wooden table as soon as you enter on the right with scarves for you to use while making your visit.

Thank Mariana A
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Don't be put off by all the scaffolding around the Cathedral (though that does mean that photos are useless); go inside to see the gold and icons etc etc.
At 5pm each day they have a service and we happened to be there at 5.45 and so stopped for about 20 minutes. Really uplifting with magnificent singing and ceremonial.
Women need to cover their heads, but on the entrance table there are usually spare headscarves.
Don't miss it

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Very beautiful cathedral worth to visit !!!
Very old one and amazing inside and out!!!
Go go quickly to visit!!!!!

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

looks good... unfortunately, under renovation, however the park is really nove place to wander around

Thank dc330
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