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Moscow Once Home to World's Largest Swimming Pool

24. September 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

Many people immediately think "cold" when they think of Russia. However, the summer months get pretty toasty so residents were thrilled when the world's largest swimming pool was constructed in 1960. Since it was such a popular attraction, the water was heated so it could be enjoyed all year round.


It was built on the site of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior church, which was demolished in 1938 when construction of the Palace of Soviets began. That project was abandoned in 1941 when steel from the foundation of the building was used for war material during World War II. Therefore, the empty foundation was made into an open air pool which welcomed swimmers for over 30 years.


The pool's design was unique in that the center contained lanes for swimming laps while the outer area was open for all other kinds of fun. The heated water made it possible to take a dip even during a blizzard and water samples were taken every three hours to maintain high quality. 


Children learned how to swim, Russian girls gathered after school, and adults cooled off while getting a little exercise. Sadly, in 1991, water and electric costs skyrocketed, causing the pool to become unprofitable. It was subsequently closed and reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior began.


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Source: English Russia