In 1980, the Soviet power decided to build a health centre on the Black Sea shore, in the name of Russian-Czechoslovak friendship. Being build at the end of the Cold War, the construction is suspected by the United States to be a missile launch site due to its crazy architecture. In the heart of Crimea, a few kilometres from Yalta, comes out of the ground one of the major Soviet architecture masterpiece: the Kurpati Sanatorium.

The building is a mix of Soviet’s know-how regarding well-being, health and leisure. Everything is gathered for a healthy and friendly stay. Nowadays, despite history’s instability, it has been kept unchanged. Frost in time, it continues to welcome unionized holyday-makers from Russia, Ukraine and Belorussia.

By Julie David de Lossy and Colin Delfosse

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