The Moskva Pol (Moscow Pool) was, for a time, the world's largest open air swimming pool.
It was built in Moscow in 1958 on the foundation of the abandoned Palace of Soviets, to the designs of prominent Moscow architect Dmitry Chechulin. Construction of the Palace of Soviets had began in 1938 and was abandoned in 1941 when steel from the foundation of the building was used for war materials during World War II. The empty foundation of the Palace of Soviets was, in 1958, made into an open air swimming pool which existed from 1958 until 1995. In 1995 the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was reconstructed; the church having originally been demolished to make way for the Palace of the Soviets.
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