Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi - a magnificent abandonment

One of the most beautiful architectural complexes of Sochi. The sanatorium is 3 buildings that make up the letter “P” around a square with a dead fountain, on which the best sculptors of the country once worked. Desolation, silence, tumult of vegetation, traces of façade destruction, prohibiting signs, grass sprouted through cracks - none of the above can hide the lightness of the lines and the greatness of this complex.

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Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi

Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi is so goodI recommend to visit it necessarily. This is not a museum, guides do not go here, crowds of tourists do not come, there is no ticket office and they are not allowed inside the premises. You will be let through on the barrier, they will tell you where to go, that's all, then you are on your own. If there is a car, then it is more convenient to drive in from the upper entrance: there is always a place for parking early in the morning, and the inspection is obtained with a wow effect. You seem to go out from behind the central building of the club-dining room and, climbing up its steps, you see a stunning landscape with the sea on the horizon. If there is no car, then a bus will help you, and go up from the “Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium” stop up the stairs.

The complex is not that abandoned - it is protected. And it is clear that in some places they do the cleaning, but eight years of downtime and lack of daily care gradually turned it into a ghost resort. Here, any frame is obtained as from the cinema, I would not be surprised if photographers from Sochi spend their wedding and love photo shoots here, with such an entourage it is difficult to spoil the photos. There is a lot of shade, many arches, openings and spans - a very bright atmosphere. Monumental, but not massive, solemnly, but not pompous, majestic, but not arrogant. In short, have you already understood that I liked the Ordzhonikidze sanatorium in Sochi? Here are some pics.

Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi

Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi

Historical reference

In 1934, the people's commissar of heavy industrySergo Ordzhonikidze launched the construction of a sanatorium in Sochi, and personally participated in the selection of a place. In 1935, after survey work, a team of architects from among young specialists was selected. In the same year, the construction of a club-dining room (central building) and dormitories (side buildings) began. It took only three years to build this beauty, and the first guests visited the sanatorium on December 13, 1937. The fountain in the central square of the Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi was completed in 1939. In 1952, a funicular appeared here, plying between the sanatorium and the beach.

And then the Soviet Union ended, but until 2010the sanatorium functioned until it was finally closed due to the change of ownership. The staff (about 300 people) was thrown out into the street, and for ordinary people who came here to improve their health, the tale about the old Hottabych ended (the film was filmed here). Before the Olympics in Sochi, an attempt was made to restore the sanatorium as a luxury hotel, in time to include it in the list of basic Olympic hotels and make money.

According to the Sochi architect Kalyamin M.N.He was invited as an expert in the commission for a survey of the sanatorium - three serious problems emerged that could not be solved with the first click. First, because of the construction of some unrealistically massive building higher up the Bytkha mountain slope, which was built with violations and it is not clear how the past state commission, serious changes have occurred in the soil. The buildings of the sanatorium found discrepancies between the blocks and significant cracks. Second: the difference between the requirements for buildings of that era and modern ones. The Ordzhonikidze sanatorium, at the best of times, was designed for earthquakes of no more than 5-6 points, and now they are building in Sochi with the expectation of 8-9.

Given the already existing at the time of inspectiondefects, which in general did not correlate with the new requirements for seismic resistance, the sanatorium had to be demolished to the ground and rebuilt again. Well, the last obstacle to the rapid restoration of the Ordzhonikidze sanatorium in Sochi is the belonging of the complex to the list of architectural monuments. That is, by law, it can be restored and repaired only with the preservation of all interior and exterior parts. Judging by the reaction of the owners, no documentation on this matter has been preserved since the times of the Union, which means that before the restoration, an expensive and long-term audit of everything was to be carried out.

In short, the sanatorium is neither to the Olympics nor totoday have not begun to repair. In 2016, the privatization of the sanatorium was declared illegal and the whole complex was taken over by the Office of the President of the Russian Federation. According to the latest news that came out on the Runet - in 2017 it was going to be restored for foreign investments, the amount of which is supposedly equal to 22 billion rubles. Will it really be, or ...

Information to visit

Admission is free, but is limited only by the street territory, nobody is allowed inside.

Shops and stalls are not here, it is better to bring water and sandwiches. Some parts of the complex are already dangerous to health, constantly look up, passing through the terraces.

Parking is not, but you can leave the car around the barrier of protection, they do not mind.

On a leisurely inspection will take about 30-40 minutes.

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Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi

Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi
An abandoned, but well-preserved and protected building, or rather, a complex of buildings of the Ordzhonikidze sanatorium.
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An abandoned, but well-preserved and protected building, or rather, a complex of buildings of the Ordzhonikidze sanatorium. More details.

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