04/03/10 Walking in Panfilov Park in Almaty, Kazakhstan . . .
[The statue in memory of soldiers from Kazakhstan who fought in WWII is from the Heroic Stalinist school of sculpture.]
[A tradition has grown up where the newly married from Almaty come right after their wedding to place flowers at the eternal flame in front of the statue. I saw 4 couples this Saturday]
[Voznesensky Cathedral or The Church of The Holy Ascension was built without using nails in 1905 and is one of the few Tsarist era structures to survive Almaty’s earthquakes.]