St. Nicholas Cathedral (Almaty)
Orthodox churches of Almaty
Excursion to St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox church building in the city of Almaty. The cathedral, built in the period from 1906 to 1908, is located in the city center and belongs to the diocese of Nur-Sultan and Almaty. In 1904, residents of the southwestern part of the city of Vernoye asked permission from the bishop of Turkestan and Tashkent to raise funds for the construction of a church. Eventually the bishop agreed to this, and in 1906 the construction of the church building was started. On December 14, 1908, the construction work was completed, and the new cathedral was dedicated to Nikolai Mirsky.
St. Nicholas Cathedral in Almaty – how to get there
St. Nicholas Cathedral is located in Almalinsky district in Almaty near St. Nicholas Bazaar. GPS coordinates of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Almaty: 43°14'54"N 76°55'41"E
St. Nicholas Cathedral – information
In February 1936, the Alma-Ata diocese was arrested, and St. Nicholas Cathedral was closed. Before the Second World War, the building housed the Museum of atheism. After that, the structure was used by the military as a stable for horses. After the end of the war, the new diocese of Alma-Ata made efforts to return the church building of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1946, the church returned. At that time, the structure was in poor condition. Thus, the domes were seriously damaged, and the bell tower was demolished, the iconostasis and icons were no longer preserved. Nevertheless, repair work in the cathedral began immediately after the return, so that in the spring of this year the altar could be consecrated. In addition, St. Nicholas Cathedral again became the seat of the Alma-Ata diocese.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the return of the Assumption Cathedral of the church, the seat of the diocese was also moved there in 1995. In the same year, a cross was erected in the cathedral in memory of the victims of repression.
St. Nicholas Cathedral in Almaty