Before the revolution, the main means of rescuing from the heat among Muscovites was swimming. Especially popular were ponds or small rivers on the Kazan railway line, where summer cottages were specially built. Historians Pavel Gnilorybov and Alexander Vaskin told about this on Thursday, June 24.
Also, the favorite places for the residents of the capital were reservoirs in the Western and Northeastern directions and ponds on the territory of Tsaritsyno, Moslenta writes.
Gnilorybov said that before the revolution, most of the capital’s ponds were rather dirty, since they were used in industry. But on the Moskva River, swimming within the city was common.
In Soviet times, because of the cult of a healthy body, the authorities set up many boat stations. Residents of the capital began to swim next to them in Kuntsevo, Gorky Park and ponds in Sokolniki, according to the TV channel “360”.
According to historians, the largest bathing took place in Moscow before the 1980 Olympics. There were especially many vacationers on the banks of the Moskva River in the Vorobyovy Gory region. Around the same time, townspeople fleeing the heat began to frequent the Serebryany Bor Park.
In the late 19th – early 20th centuries, private baths were actively opened in the area of Bolshoy Kamenny, Borodinsky, Ustinsky and other bridges. Those wishing to swim there paid three kopecks and more.
Baths were divided into men’s, women’s, family, for wealthy people and the poor class. People changed their clothes in special wooden houses.
On the same day, cardiologist Anna Korenevich reported that some drugs, when taken in the heat, can cause severe swelling, writes “Moscow 24”.
Earlier, on June 18, Roshydromet reported that it was possible to open the swimming season in the capital – the water in the Moscow River warmed up to 20 degrees.