03.09.2018

Pool "Azure" in Pripyat

"Azure"


     One of the most recognizable objects of the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

 

Pre-accident period
     As in the entire Soviet Union, Pripyat actively engaged in sports and led a sporty lifestyle. In the city of Pripyat there were two football stadiums, a yacht club, a boxing section, a huge variety of different sports clubs, and of course swimming pools. "Lazurny" is one of the rather large indoor pools located in the 3rd microdistrict of Pripyat on 18 Sportivnaya Street, next to the school building No. 3. The pool was built in the 1970s and was intended to serve the cultural development of the population. It was possible to buy a subscription to the pool at a very reasonable price, so there were many who wanted to dive here. The Lazurny pool is a whole complex in which, in addition to the pool, designed for five lanes for swimming and two towers for diving, it also includes a gym for gymnastics (a basketball court or a small football field). It was probably great to compete in a basketball tournament and then go for a swim right away.

 

The purpose of "Azure" during the aftermath of the accident
     A feature of "Lazurny" is that on April 26 it was not forgotten and abandoned like most buildings and objects in the city, but continued to function after the accident and the evacuation of the population. After 1986, the pool was in the department of the scientific and production enterprise "Complex" in the city of Pripyat, and was used for the interests of the liquidators until 1998, that is, the pool worked for another 12 years after the Chernobyl disaster. The reason for closing the pool is the completion of liquidation work in Pripyat and the emergency condition of the building, which has not been repaired for a long time.

     The building of the Lazurny pool is considered one of the cleanest places in Pripyat in terms of radiation conditions.

 

Excursions and tours to the Chernobyl exclusion zone


     You can visit the "Lazurny" pool, on an excursion with our company CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE, in a group or individual (private) tour. The "Azure" pool is included in the tourist route in almost every of the tour options. There are a lot of interesting objects in Pripyat, so we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the options for one-day and multi-day tours to the Chernobyl zone and choose the appropriate format for a group or individually (private) tour. If you have long wanted to visit the Chernobyl zone and the city of Pripyat, then you just need to choose the appropriate date and sign up in the calendar of tours. Even if friends (foreigners) have come to you, do not worry, for such cases you can buy an urgent tour to Chernobyl. If you go with us on an excursion to Chernobyl, you will hear the exciting stories of our guides who have been exploring the secrets of the Chernobyl zone for many years. There is also a unique opportunity to meet the sunset in Pripyat, explore the city at night, visit unusual places in Pripyat, go to the city of Pripyat - Slavutich twin, see robots, heavy army equipment, tell the secrets of the super-secret town of Chernobyl-2, which is not on any map . To do this, just sign up for any date in the calendar of tours, or call us. We recommend renting a personal dosimeter - a device for measuring background radiation, which will constantly inform you about the level of radiation conditions in the area where you are. In memory of visiting the Chernobyl zone, you can buy souvenirs from us. For our guests, we provide a special “tourist kit” which includes: water, wet and dry wipes, company leaflet, respirator. Follow the instructions of the attendant, be careful and careful when walking. Thank you for choosing CHERNONYL ADVENTURE for your trip to Chernobyl.