Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

The swimming pool in Moscow was built at the place of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour that had been demolished in 1930. The construction started in 1958 and in 1960 the swimming pool welcomed its first visitors. That was the largest swimming pool in the USSR and one of the biggest pools in the world that time. Today it is just a history as the construction was demolished.

Swimming In The Frost

The sports construction acquired sympathies of the city citizens who often visited the place to have a rest and go in for sports. The swimming pool was opened the entire year and even in winter. The swimming pool realized quite a new conception of rest near water as only a small segment of it was occupied by swim lanes and the rest space could be used just like swimmers wanted.

Swimming In The Frost

Construction of the Palace of Soviets started in 1930.

Swimming In The Frost

The Palace has never been completed.

Swimming In The Frost

Did you know that there is a huge sea deep under Moscow? It is located 3,500-4,500 feet deep. During the construction of the famous swimming pool there was an idea to fill the pool with sea water. However, the plan has never been implemented due to some unknown reasons.

Swimming In The Frost

Moscow is experienced in drilling holes reaching the sea. Many wells that had to ensure access to the ancient sea waters are available across Moscow. At wartime the wells were used to obtain salt when the way to regularly used salt-containing regions was closed by enemies.

Swimming In The Frost

When they planned to deepen the well for other 5400 feet, the bill for accomplished works was equal to the yearly budget of the city. Because of that they stopped drilling the well.

Swimming In The Frost

Soon after the swimming pool was opened there appeared city legends saying that people often drown in the swimming pool, especially in winter. They explained it by the revenge and curse of those who couldn’t reconcile themselves with the loss of the great Cathedral.

Swimming In The Frost

Those who wanted to swim in the pool didn’t require any medical certificates. They had just to buy tickets and rent swimming suits and other things necessary for swimming. Disinfecting means were actively used for water decontamination. Medical personnel watched the sanitary condition of the water carefully.

Swimming In The Frost

During 33 years of the swimming pool existence no complaints or claims against the water quality were ever made. A special laboratory tested water samples every three hours.

Swimming In The Frost

After water contamination the swimming pool was emptied and its bottom was carefully cleaned. The place was regularly visited by many kids who were taught swimming here.

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Without water.

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

‘It is so pleasant to dive into the blue water of the pool on a hot day! However, swimming in fall and in winter is even more pleasant. The new  swimming pool is open all year round and its water is heated’

Swimming In The Frost

In 1968 the most part of the swimming pool was closed for swimmers because the bottom was poorly visible at the depth of 7,8 feet. In several years the bottom will be raised to 5,9 feet and the total perimeter will be open for swimming again.

Swimming In The Frost

It was strange to look at people swimming in the pool in severe winter frosts. But they felt rather comfortable.

Swimming In The Frost

Severe vapor of the pool led to the corrosion of the adjacent buildings. Employees of the Pushkin Museum filed most frequent complaints saying that their precious exhibits were spoiled because of the unlucky neighborhood.

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

The last years of existence…

Swimming In The Frost

The swimming pool had stopped functioning 4 years before its demolishing. In 1991 prices for hot and cold water and electric energy skyrocketed and using the pool became unprofitable. The pool was deprived of water for 3 years which caused deformity of its temperature joints.

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

Huge holes filled with ground water and garbage were found after demolishing of the swimming pool.

Swimming In The Frost

Swimming In The Frost

The concrete construction of the swimming pool was of the highest quality. But the sand quality left much to be desired. Before reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour they had to reinforce the ground considerably.

Location: Moscow

via zyalt

38 thoughts on “Swimming In The Frost”

  1. One of the most interesting posts I’ve seen on ER. Fascinating to see the (in)famous ‘House on the Embankment’ in the background in quite a few of the photographs too.

  2. Interesting history (ending in further devolution of mankind). Now instead of recreation for (all) the people they get a fancy box to isolate themselves into their respective tribes to be spoon-fed opium-flavored myths and superstitions (and delude themselves that they are all exercising free will). The tragedy continues…

    • 1) Steal a building that belongs to someone else 2) Demolish a beautiful landmark building 3) Fail in your plans to build a monstrous replacement building to celebrate your monstrous, repressive, thieving form of government 5) Collapse, because your economic theories are unworkable bulls**t 6) Watch the people overcome and rebuild from decades of your brutality, theft, mismanagement, and wanton property destruction 7) Arrogantly call other people deluded for not buying your theories 20 years after they got flushed down history’s toilet.

      LOL Marxists

        • History has proven that communism was sick and wrong. So since 1991 there is no need to discuss. Plus dear revolutionist, there is no evolution in a system that deliberately kills and starves its own people for some mythical historical materialism that in fact shares the messianic expectation with the most primitive forms of religion.

  3. Lifeguard: Tovarisch, it is forbidden to pee in the swimming pool!
    Drunk: Why not? Everybody pees in the swimming pool.
    Lifeguard: From the diving board?

  4. So they took away a giant pool used by all, and replaced it with a giant government-supported cathedral. Isn’t capitalism wonderful?

        • I don’t think capitalism had anything to do with it!Stalin’s thinking was “in order to create you had to be willing to destroy”.The cathedral came down and the building plans of the palace went on and on…it was drawn bigger and taller and with a giant Lenin on top of a hollow building-the building was doomed from the start and would have never worked.The cathedral should have never been torn down so it was rebuilt.

          • When public funds are used to destroy, or to build a huge church, that’s not capitalism at all. The Othodox Church should have rebuilt it with it’s own funds. That’s the capitalist way.

            • But then again the Catholic Church weren’t the perpetrators who looted and demolished the Church in the first place. The state is. Capitalist way is to sue those responsible for the damages and collect as much as possible toward recovering their losses.

              • The Catholic church has nothing to do with this. This was an Orthodox cathedral. And since it was destroyed by the government it is absolutely ok that it is rebuilt by the government.

              • Sorry just a typo but the truth is they are all a bunch of ignorant bible thumpers. The rest is semantics. Christians, Orthodox, yeah whatever same goofy beliefs.

  5. This post is totally confusing. 1) Any photos of the Cathedral before it was torn down? 2) The cathedral was then rebuilt??? 3) It seems that post is aaying that the water came from underground deep seas under Moscow–is that correct? 4) How was the water heated, and was that was not always a significant cost even before prices increased?? Was the size really overkill, I mean was the place ever really filled up? I would think in wintertime it would hardly be used more that 10% of it space.

    • The communists did not have any price calculation in place. The energy provided for the heating of this enormous pool was basically “for free”. Of course the costs just then came along another way, but the commies did not have any knowledge about externalization of costs and its effect, that is why after 70 years of trial and error they decided to reinstate the market mechanism. When they did that the prices went wild and they discovered the true costs of their projects (which was one of the reasons the pool ceased operations, because of unrentability).
      The pool has been demolished and the Cathedral has been rebuilt again in the same manner. Just google it (Cathedral of Christ the Saviour). It had been recently the stage for Pussy Riot´s “famous” live act which resulted in 2 years of prison for the girls.

    • You can find pictures of the (rebuilt) Christ the Saviour Cathedral online. Here’s wikipedia’s entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Christ_the_Saviour

    • Amen to that! I hope the rest of the country will also see a happy end after 70 years of red tyranny and 20 years of lawlessnes. This is now totally beyond our earthly means, only miracles could turn around Russia.

        • And probably they are. I don’t think somebody made a research and proved disposable bottles are healthier in the long run, but it’s obvious that they are cheaper and allow to make profit while not giving a **** what happens when they are thrown away.

        • Read the post again about this pool care. Then you can spin with coke vending machines from Jupiter, or whatever unrelated thing you can “think” of.

          LOL

        • Plastic softeners cause cancer and infertility. So maybe the plastic bottles may be a bit more sanitary, but also more unhealthy as well. That is why You WASP get replaced by healthy Mexicans.

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