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Zenkov Cathedral

Address: Panfilov Park, Almaty 50010, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: 7-727-2730539
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Ranked #3 of 90 Attractions in Almaty
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Jersey City, NJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We walked to the cathedral on a Saturday evening from our hotel about three blocks away, and were fortunate to find a mass in progress. The cathedral itself is stunning, with an amazing decorated exterior with several domes, and a gorgeous interior full of icons and other artwork, but the mass made the experience spectacular. The choir was so good... More 

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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The church is nice on the outside and inside, its diferent than most of the churches in western europe. The Russian Orthodox influence is dominant and I really enjoy the non-traditional colors on the outside.

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Almaty
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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116 reviews 116 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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84 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
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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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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Bermuda
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91 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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