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Zenkov Cathedral

Panfilov Park, Almaty 50010, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #4 of 114 Attractions in Almaty
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Seattle, Washington
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113 reviews 113 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
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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305 reviews 305 reviews
75 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
61 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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110 reviews 110 reviews
44 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Cooperstown, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went on a gorgeous day, so it was absolutely stunning in the sunlight. The interior was spectacular. My only complaint was I saw others taking pictures so I assumed it was OK; it wasn't long before a unfriendly woman gestured that I needed to stop. I get it, it is place of worship, but it is so incredibly beautiful I... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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618 helpful votes 618 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This colourful church is located in the center of Panfilov park. The church is unmissable because of its striking yellow and white colours inside the seas of green trees. The height of the building is also greater than all the trees surrounding which marks a tall contrast. The interior is a fully functioning church and women will need a shaw... More

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