Although it lost its status as Kazakhstan’s capital in 1997, the city of Almaty is still the largest and the most commercially significant city in Kazakhstan. It is home to many sought-after tourist attractions such as the Almaty Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park and the Central Mosque. A different kind of attraction is the Zenkov Cathedral of Holy Ascension, a Russian Orthodox Church, which is unique not only for the faith it stands for but also for the fact that it was made without nails; one of only eight major structures in the world that were constructed without a single nail. It was built completely from Tian Shen fir tree wood, following Russian Orthodox Church architecture. It was constructed around 1904 and completed in 1907, and it is one of the few buildings in the city that survived the 1911 earthquake.
The light blue and golden candy-colored cathedral is found within Panfilov Park. (Gold and light blue are the colors of the flag of Kazakhstan.) This beautiful cathedral is located in the middle of lovely rose gardens. During the era of the Soviets, the cathedral was [Read more…]