Palace of Culture Energetik
|Location||Lenin Square, Pripyat|
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine
|Type||Cinema, Theatre, Concert hall, Swimming pool, Gymnasium, Boxing Ring, Study Hall, Shooting range, Do it yourself|
The Palace of Culture Energetik was built during the 1970s for the citizens of the town of Pripyat. The name “Energetik” is a play on words, as it means both “energetic” (lively) and “power plant worker”.
Palaces of Culture were large community centers established during the Soviet era with over 137,000 in the Soviet Union by 1988. These generally physically impressive buildings were designed as a focal point for people to enjoy a range of recreational and artistic activities all under the banner, quite literally in many cases, of political propaganda. Pripyat’s Palace of Culture includes what’s left of a cinema, theatre, library, gymnasium, swimming pool, boxing/wrestling ring, dancing and meeting halls and even has a shooting range in the basement. 
The Ukrainian writer Lyubov Sirota worked briefly in the Palace of Culture.
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