Paramonov warehouses

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Beregovaya Street, also known simply as the embankment, runs along the river for the length of the city. It is possible to wander for miles and miles, watching the ebb and flow of the Don River. Once, Beregovaya Street was full of warehouses and hangars, but today it is one of city’s nicest districts, with bike paths, flowerbeds, restaurants and cafes, playgrounds and modern residential buildings overlooking the Don.

Beregovaya is home to the Paramonov warehouses, one of the main recreation spots for the city’s residents. The grain warehouses belonging to merchant Eppidorf Paramonov were built in the second half of the nineteenth century. The grain was stored in perfect condition thanks to the troughs hidden under the floors, with cold spring water that comes up from the soil around here. During Soviet times, the warehouses fell into disrepair and only the outer walls remained. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, local enthusiasts decided to create a bathhouse within the warehouse walls: a door to one of the buildings was covered over with iron sheeting, the spring water began to fill the grain warehouse and the building became a public swimming pool, free to everyone. The municipal authorities plan to reconstruct the warehouses and turn them into a spa hotel and a modern art centre, but until this happens, locals spend their summers at the pool.