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Zenkov Cathedral

Panfilov Park, Almaty 50010, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #2 of 87 Attractions in Almaty
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This wooden Orthodox Cathedral is claimed to be the highest Orthodox wooden building in the world. In Soviet time, it used to be the museum kind of natural science. Than it became a hall for the pipe organ music. And finally it returned to its origin. As it was already spoken, the only building survived after the earthquake at the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Really pretty with many decorated icons. You can light candles you purchase at the entry - very inexpensive.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We were taking a lunch break during our conference and decided to walk through a nice park. Imagine our surprise when we came upon this little gem. The colors are bright, sunny, and vibrant. This is a church that is in use, so we did not take pictures inside. But you can still get the feel for the place from... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Very nice cathedral, all wooden. The amazing fact is that absolutely no nails and glue was used, only locked in pieces of wood and this is why it was the only building to survive the 1910 earthquake. Amazing. Worth a quick visit, park around is quite peaceful as well, though right in the center of Almaty.

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Set in a cozy park setting, this church stands out both from the exterior and the ornate interior - definitely one of the highlights of visiting Almaty

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Sarnia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Both the interior & exterior of Zenkov Cathedral are visually very striking. It is just such a shame that you are not allowed to take pictures inside. The interior is crammed with ornate wall decorations and religious artifacts which create a fascinating religious intensity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The beauty of this old wooden cathedral should make it a must-see for any visit to Almaty. It provides a great photo opportunity. Just head to Panfilov Park and walk towards the centre and you'll find the cathedral. There is no fee to walk around the outside taking photos.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The colours of this Cathedral and its rich interior make it one of the most important sights to see in the city. Surrounded by Panfilov Park, the setting too, is superb.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I went to this on a Friday evening. My tour guide said that it was one of the highest free-standing wooden cathedrals in the world. I went inside during the mass. There were people standing around and the inside was very ornate. The only thing I didn't like is there were no English signs to talk about the place. Otherwise,... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It the middle of the park and the city, it is easy to access. Very decorated orthodox church. Always people, but not crowded. Worth of visiting!

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