19 Photos Of Sochi From 1974, When It Was A Popular Soviet Resort Town

 

 

 

 
FEB. 20, 2014, 2:58 PM 

sochi 1974We’ve heard plenty of travel horror stories out of Sochi since the Olympics began, and many have questioned the city’s level of preparedness for the Games.  

Despite the controversy, however, Sochi has a long history as a popular resort town for Russians and other eastern Europeans. 

Sochi was first developed in the 1920s under Stalin, who was attracted to the area because of its mineral springs, which helped ease his joint pain. The dacha he built there was his favorite of the seven vacation homes he owned around the country.

Over the next few decades, the city by the Black Sea became a favorite destination among Soviet citizens. 

We got in touch with German Manfred Schammer, who took some beautiful photos during a trip to Sochi in 1974. He gave us permission to use his photos, which paint a beautiful portrait of the city as it was 40 years ago. 

Schammer stayed at the Hotel Leningrad, seen here.

Schammer stayed at the Hotel Leningrad, seen here.

Manfred Schammer

He could catch a glimpse of the Black Sea from the hotel room.

He could catch a glimpse of the Black Sea from the hotel room.

Manfred Schammer

The bridge leading into town was busy with tourists.

The bridge leading into town was busy with tourists.

Manfred Schammer

People milled about on the main street.

People milled about on the main street.

Manfred Schammer

These machines distributed water to thirsty crowds.

These machines distributed water to thirsty crowds.

Manfred Schammer

Here’s a look at Sochi’s central train station.

Here's a look at Sochi's central train station.

Manfred Schammer

The rocky beach was just as popular then as it is today.

The rocky beach was just as popular then as it is today.

Manfred Schammer

Deck chairs were set up for catching some rays.

Deck chairs were set up for catching some rays.

Manfred Schammer

He snapped this photo at a restaurant by the beach.

He snapped this photo at a restaurant by the beach.

Manfred Schammer

The surrounding area is lush and mountainous.

The surrounding area is lush and mountainous.

Manfred Schammer

This is the arena where Sochi’s circus put on performances.

This is the arena where Sochi's circus put on performances.

Manfred Schammer

Schammer also paid a visit to one of Sochi’s popular sanatoriums.

Schammer also paid a visit to one of Sochi's popular sanatoriums.

Manfred Schammer

Like many of the other places of leisure that were built in Sochi in the 1930s, it was made to look like a Greek temple, complete with sculptures and imposing columns.

Like many of the other places of leisure that were built in Sochi in the 1930s, it was made to look like a Greek temple, complete with sculptures and imposing columns.

Manfred Schammer

The spring water used at Sochi’s sanatoriums was thought to have many health benefits.

The spring water used at Sochi's sanatoriums was thought to have many health benefits.

Manfred Schammer

The vendor at this wagon gave out kvass, a non-alcoholic beverage popular in Russia and Ukraine.

The vendor at this wagon gave out kvass, a non-alcoholic beverage popular in Russia and Ukraine.

Manfred Schammer

Women sold flowers in the Central Market, open every morning except Monday.

Women sold flowers in the Central Market, open every morning except Monday.

Manfred Schammer

Pet birds were among the things for sale at the market.

Pet birds were among the things for sale at the market.

Manfred Schammer

Potential customers examined some handmade baskets.

Potential customers examined some handmade baskets.

Manfred Schammer

There were also fresh fruit and vegetables for sale.

There were also fresh fruit and vegetables for sale.

Manfred Schammer

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/vintage-photos-from-sochi-2014-2?op=1#ixzz2tv18P7zN

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