Palace of Culture ‘Energetik’

palacecultДворец культуры «Энергетик» – Palace of Culture ‘Energetik’

Vulytsia Kurchatova 10, Pripyat

Visited in 2014 + 2015

Palaces of Culture were large community centers during the Soviet era. There were more than 137,000 in the Soviet Union by 1987. Each had their own name, this one being ‘Energetik’ – a play on words, since it means both “energetic” (as in vigorous and healthy) and “power plant worker”.

The Palacs of Culture had a cinema and concert hall, study halls, a boxing and wrestling ring, a full-sized gymnasium, music rooms with instruments and a do-it-yourself repair area with tools.