Panfilov Park, Almaty

I put in a lot of mileage today but it was the Defender’s rest day (she’s earned it), so all of the mileage was done on foot. And I walked a LOT today – I’d say I was walking for at least five hours and covered a lot of ground during that time.

Along the way, I took a stroll through Panfilov Park, one of several parks in Almaty. This park is named after General Ivan Panfilov and the 28 soldiers who died defending Moscow from the Nazis in 1941. There is an eternal flame and several monuments in the park commemorating the fallen of the 1917-1920 civil war and those whose lives were lost in World War II (1941-1945).

The eternal flame with large statue behind
The eternal flame with large statue behind
Statue honoring Panfilov's heroes
Statue honoring Panfilov’s heroes
Two soldiers guard the eternal flame
Two soldiers guard the eternal flame

The major feature of Panfilov’s Park is the Ascension Cathedral (a.k.a. Zenkov Cathedral), dating from 1907. It is reported to be built entirely of wood, including the nails, and withstood the large earthquake of 1911. It is said to be the second-tallest wooden building in the world.

The Ascension Cathedral, Almaty
The Ascension Cathedral, Almaty
Ascension Cathedral
Ascension Cathedral
Side view of the Ascension Cathedral
Side view of the Ascension Cathedral
Ascension Cathedral
Ascension Cathedral

 

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