A decaying sports and cultural center hidden in a forest in the spa town of Jermuk offers a fascinating insight into Armenia’s Soviet period. Jermuk is a mountain spa town and the center of the Jermuk Municipality of the Vayots Dzor Province in southern Armenia, at a road distance of 53 km east of the provincial capital Yeghegnadzor. It was considered one of the popular destinations for medical tourism in the Soviet Union.
The Sports Complex is an impressive (for a small resort town) building with panoramic windows and decorations. Conventionally, the entire complex can be divided into three sections: a spacious hall with huge plaster heads, an abandoned stage and a large swimming pool.
The abandoned complex stretches 80 meters along the bank of a small lake fed by mountain streams. The metal trusses of the abandoned stage remained intact while the circular, turntable stage was completely dismantled.
The construction of Jermuk Sports Complex began in the early 1980s and was completed just a few years before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. In addition to the swimming pool and stage, there was a town library. Now, only heaps of books and remains of interiors make it possible to learn something in the deserted and lifeless abandoned rooms.
In addition to the swimming pool, there was once an open-air pool on the roof of the building where parties were held in summer.