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Visiting Ascension Cathedral Almaty

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Ascension Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox cathedral located in Panfilov Park in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Completed in 1907, the cathedral is made out of wood but without nails. Its height is 56 meters tall, and it's claimed to be the second tallest wooden building in the world. Although the design is remarkably unique but it's because of the advanced technological expertise of that time. They used the construction concept of Semi ruche which meant using of reinforced concrete, timber preservation and ventilation. The Ascension Cathedral is entirely built in wood with intricate detailing and connected with iron bolts.The chief architect Zenkov ensured that it had a' flexible construction'.The external view of the cathedral boasts of some bright walls and multi coloured domes which is similar to the architecture of St. Petersburg. After many ups and downs in the restoration and religious upheavals, orthodox services began again in the cathedral and ever since it' s a pilgrimage for many Christians and a colourful attraction for all the Non - Christians. Earlier it was said that the structure was erected 'without a single nail'. We hasten to disappoint, that nails during construction were still used.The archives preserved document where Andrei Zenkov asks the builder to add nails 'to already used 12 puds' The uniqueness of this building is different. The fact is that the intensity 10 earthquake that occurred in the last century turned the whole city into ruins. But the Ascension Cathedral survived completely.Someone refers it to God's power, but in fact, the construction was preserved thanks to movable braces, which, during the earthquake, provide free movement, preserving the integrity of the structure. Enjoy a few things to do at Ascension Cathedral when you visit it.

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The beauty of Ascension Cathedral

The beauty of Ascension Cathedral

1. A Brief History of Ascension Cathedral

1. A Brief History of Ascension Cathedral

The cathedral constructed by the project of the architect K.A. Borisoglebsky and the engineer A.P. Zenkov in 1907. It is an architectural landmark of the Almaty city along with the Kazakhstan hotel and the mountain complex Medeu. Built from log house of Tien-Shan spruce, the building has managed to survive the strongest earthquake in the history of our region, and has preserved to the present day almost in its original form. Today the cathedral is one of 100 sacral sites of Kazakhstan and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the highest wooden structures in the world. 

2. Enjoy The Beautiful Architecture

2. Enjoy The Beautiful Architecture

The First thing to do at Ascension Cathedral is to enjoy the beautiful architecture. The majestic architecture of the cathedral, built in the so-called Ropet style, is unique and the only of its kind. Initially, the Ascension Cathedral was called Turkestan, as it was considered the center of Turkestan-Tashkent Orthodoxy, whole Central Asia and Semirechye region. External view of the cathedral is different by bright walls and many-colored domes, but also the interior is distinguished by iconostasis painting and entire decoration, made in the early 20th century in the workshops of Moscow and Kiev. The famous city architect of the Verny Constantin Arkadyevich Borisoglebsky worked on the design of the project, and the regional engineer Andrei Pavlovich Zenkov, was responsible for the construction work. It is worth pointing out there is erroneous common opinion that Zenkov was the author of the project. In fact, Andrei Pavlovich only made adjustments to the drafts of Borisoglebsky, who left the city of Verny in 1902, at a time when works on the erection of the temple was actively carried out.

3.  Take Part In the Church Service

3. Take Part In the Church Service

If you want to become a spectator, or take part in the church service, then there is a calendar of events on the official website of the Ascension Cathedral. For the convenience of ordering the liturgical rites, you can also fill out a questionnaire on the site. If you're planning a visit to the cathedral and a walk through the Panfilov's 28-guardsmen park, we advise you to take some bread with you, because you can feed pigeons and squirrels in the park.

Ascension Cathedral Almaty Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

There is no ticket needed to do a tour at Ascension Cathedral. You can visit it for a tour without paying an entrance fee. However, the church accepts donations to help it running.

How To Get Around?

Getting around at Ascension Cathedral is easy, you just need to walk around the area outside and inside the church to enjoy its story and its beauty.

What Should I Wear?

Your dress code should depend on the weather, it could be pretty cold there. Always check the weather before planning to go.

Ascension Cathedral Almaty Facts

Best Time to Visit

Ascension Cathedral is best visited on a sunny day, when the colors of the building really shine. It's also better to visit during off-season to avoid the crowd.

Currency

Tenga

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you can find all kind of information on this website. It's also easy to get around and you won't get lost at Ascension Cathedral.

How To Get There?

Ascension Cathedral is located in the old city center. For ease of movement, you can use public transport. It is easy to reach the destination by bus, trolley or metro. Popular routes: buses No 118, No 16, No 65, No 121; trolley buses No 1, No 11, No 19, No 25; metro station Zhibek Zholy. If you have a car, there are paid parking nearby. On the way to the cathedral, we recommend pedestrians to arrange an interesting route using mobile maps to see the architectural heritage of the historic part of the city.

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