Until 1998 this pool was beautiful and in full use. Clean and inviting for the liquidators who were tasked with clearing the radioactive material from the city of Pripyat in Ukraine. But 12 years after the disaster, when the final liquidators left, it was abandoned along with the rest of the city. Built in the 1970’s as part of the development of Pripyat, the Azure Swimming Pool had huge glass frontage, diving boards as well as an active swimming team. Behind the pool, a sports hall was used for basketball and gymnastics.
Azure Pool “Lazurny” in Pripyat Today
Today the pool is one of the cleanest places in the city in terms of radioactivity. The huge panes of glass are long gone and the pool stands empty and lonely. However, the starting blocks, the diving board and the changing rooms are still as they once were. Outside the modern 1970’s design is still evident and the iconic white clock sits on the highest point of the building. It features in the Pink Floyd Marooned video as well as numerous games including the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and Call of Duty 4.