10 Abandoned Storm Factory of the Crimea

Abandoned Storm Factory of the Crimea

Posted on February 26, 2016 by team


This object built in the Soviet time in the Crimea resembles a huge glass, but water is not poured inside but in between the glass walls. On top are big storm creating fans. On the bottom of that glass is a tower.

It’s like a small water collider – thought by many as strange and unnecessary, wrapped in mysteries, real and fake stories, some even believed in dolphins swimming between those glass walls.

But what is this object really for? Why was it built? Let’s check this out.

Katsiveli village in the Crimea. This is that very tower on the bottom of the “glass”.

“Sea test range”.

Back in the 1950s here was an experimental facility of the Marine Hydrophysical Institute. This place has three scientific objects – instrument rock, oceanographic platform and storm pool. There is an interesting heliostation in this place and a radio telescope – one of the biggest in Europe. The storm pool was built in 1953.

At the entrance of the storm pool. In fact it’s a unique construction. It has a shape of a closed ring, that’s why the way of waves have neither beginning nor end, they are continuously influenced by the wind and grow higher and higher – just like it happens in the sea. Where does the wind come from? It’s produced by huge twenty one 40-meters fans located on the roof of the tower – they pump air in the canal between the walls of the “glass”.

The gates of the pool.

Inner yard of the pool. There were scientific and living premises in this tower, built in neoclassic style.

Looking at the pool from the entrance of the tower. The apertures used to be covered with thick glass.

Entrance of the living tower.

We are going up to the tower.

Looking at the glass of the pool from the roof of the tower. On the roof are those big fans. Outer diameter of the ring – 40 m, width of the canal – 2 m, height from the bottom to the roof – 5,6 m. The lower 2,5-3 m of the canal were filled with sea water.

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10 Responses to “Abandoned Storm Factory of the Crimea”

  1. john says:

    I have seen this before,i still find the pictures,of that place interesting.

  2. Ron says:

    So there’s actually someone living in there? The appartements look well maintained.

    • www says:

      These photos of 2013. Perhaps the crew then filmed miniseries creating decorations in this factory storms. Trailer on youtube s44vdQ_-TEk at 00:50 gates of the pool.

  3. ausGeoff says:

    Is there any logical reason as to why all these images couldn’t be posted on 2 or 3 pages? Having to click through two images at a time per page is extremely annoying. I just can’t be bothered. Sorry, you’ll be losing viewers if this continues.

  4. L'hiver says:

    We really need a “report” function for comments, if for no other reason to ban the cheapskate shitposters like ausGeoff up there. Ugh.
    TWO FREAKIN’ DOLLARS. Jaysus.

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