19th April 2014
During our first full day of exploring Pripyat/Prypyat, we were split into two groups, those who had been here before and those who were here for the first time. I joined the experienced group and we heading out towards the river making our way through the Palace of Culture and spending some time photographing the what was left of the cinema, theatre, library, gymnasium, swimming pool, boxing/wrestling ring, dancing and meeting halls.
The Palace of Culture is found in the centre of the city, on Lenin Square, with the Ferris wheel is situated to the rear of the building and is one of the popular destinations when you visit Pripyat.
Palaces of Culture were large community centers established during the Soviet era with over 130 thousand of them existing in the Soviet Union by 1988. The name of this one “Energetik” is a play on words as it means both “energetic” (as in lively) and “power plant worker”.
These meeting places were designed as a place for people to enjoy a range of recreational and artistic activities all under the banner, of political propaganda.
The image below is the gymnasium and it is worth noting that you can see the iconic ferris wheel through the window which is a classic shot that most photograph when they explore this impressive place.