It is a highly spiritual location and one of the preferred destinations for believers and tourists
The Assumption Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Central Asia standing at 68 meters tall. The church has three chapels: the main one was built in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the right one – in honor of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the left one – in honor of Archangel Michael and other celestial forces. The lower chapel is dedicated to the new martyrs and confessors of Kazakhstan.
The decision to build the Assumption Cathedral in Nur-Sultan was made in 2004 and the first stone was laid in January 2006. The cathedral can hold up to four thousand people.
The iconostasis was carved by the masters of the Workshop named after Theodore Stratilat in Russia. After coming to a mutual decision, the experts chose a tripartite iconostasis in the 18th-century style called “Moscow baroque” or “Naryshkin baroque.” Thirty iconographers from the city of Palekh (Russia) were engaged in the painting of murals. The area of the painted walls exceeds six thousand square meters.
Today, the territory of the cathedral also holds a cultural center named after the Saints Cyril and Methodius, a Sunday school, and a center for Orthodox youth.
The cathedral possesses the relics of Andrew the Apostle, presented to the people of Kazakhstan by Pope Benedict XVI. The cathedral also displays a copy of the Theotokos of Pochayiv, presented by Metropolitan Alexander.
Useful tips for 2021-2022
Church services are held daily at 9 am and 5 pm.
How to get there
The Assumption Cathedral is located at 27 Kuishi Dina St. You can get there by buses #71 (get off at the Kuishi Dina bus stop) and #19 (get off at the Altyn Adam Restaurant bus stop). Buses #3, 4, 11, 14, 18, 23, and 28 will also take you near the cathedral but bus stops are located quite far from the cathedral.
Food and accommodation
Since the Assumption Cathedral is located within the city limits, you will not have any problems with choosing a place to eat and stay for the night.