One of the most popular and most unusual sights in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don are the Paramonovskie Warehouses, which are the ruins of 19th century warehouse complex, located just of the city’s pleasant Don embankment.
However it is not the warehouses’ federal protection status which draws the crowds here...
...but the fact that they have now become a unique swimming pool, complete with waterfalls, caused by a natural spring flowing into the buildings.
The pool is especially popular with daredevils...
...who like to jump into the water from the beams and roof.
The future of the pool though is somewhat uncertain.
Plans to restore the warehouse complex and convert it into a modern art gallery were approved in 2013 but no work has begun yet, leaving locals with an interesting place to cool off.
To get to the warehouses walk along the embankment until you reach the statue of Fyodor Ushakov, they are just behind that.
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