Tour to Aksay Cell (Monastery)
Duration: 8-10 hours
Daily Tours in Almaty province
Distance: 25 km
Tour departs: 09:00
Bus: PAZ, Toyota (25-27 pax)
Bus ride : 1 hours
Days: every Sunday
Description: 20 km west of Almaty, in Aksay Canyon, on the territory of Ile-Alatau National Park on the mountainside of Kyzyl-Zhar canyon (in Kazakh -Red Cliff) was built a monastery - an ortodox religious centre.
First thing you'll see is a gravestone which says: "Celibate prists Serafim and Feognost, martyrized 29 July - 11 August 1921". Higher on the mountainside - chapel, nearby - household facilites, refectory and a modern two-storied cottage - prist's house; further - springs, the water of which is considered consecrated, several tumbledown caves, where the celibate prists lived and the church itself - graceful temple built of larch specially brought from Siberia, of warm yellow color, with two domes of different sizes that look very harmonious with the tops of huge Tyan-Shan fir-trees.
There is another interesting place to see in Aksay Canyon besides the monastery - Ak-Zhar (in Kazakh - White Steep) landslip. These you will find traces of catastrophic earthquake of 1887, when there was an immence landslip in the neighbour canyon. Scientists say the volume of talus was approximately 40 millions cubic meters!
We believe you will love the excursion and will keep memories of beautiful and silent world of the mountains for a long time.
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