The main attraction in Almaty's Panfilov Park is the Russian Orthodox early 20th century Ascension Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world (5 months before I had been at Panamaribo's Cathedral, the largest wooden building of the America's).
The church gets mainly visited by Kazakhstan's ethnic Russians. Men are not allowed to wear a hat and almost all women here have their head covered with a scarf. Photography is not allowed inside. The believers make their cross in front of the most venerated icons, especially that of Virgin Mary and of Saint Nicholas. Unlike the Greek Orthodox they also bow their head in front of the icon.
There is a very big gilden iconostasis inside and on the walls there are some frescoes and stained-glass windows. The central cupola, held by pillars, has a flat ceiling. On the outside the cupolas have gilded spires.
In the narthex at the entrance is a shop, which sells candles and icons. Outside the cathedral is a big concrete square with many pigeons