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"Gingerbread church" Top 5 Page for this destination Kazakhstan Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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  Zenkhov Cathedral
by TheWanderingCamel

The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension - known to everyone as the Zenkhov Cathedral after the architect who designed it - is one of the few buildings in Almaty to have survived the massive earthquake of 1910. Built entirely of wood in 1904 (it's claimed even the nails holding it together are all wooden)and painted in a magnificent palette of colours, it is undoubtedly both the most famous and the prettiest building in Almaty. - an truly gingerbread cathedral.
During the Communist regime the cathedral was used asa concert hall, but now it serves as a church once more, with daily services and people coming in and out all day to pray.

Address: Panfilov Park

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  • Updated May 5, 2005
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