On finding an abandoned swimming pool with beautiful mosaics in Bulgaria

It was a last-minute decision to try and find this abandoned swimming pool in Lovech, a small city in central Bulgaria. In fact, 30 minutes before setting foot inside the place, we had no idea of its existence.

We had come to Lovech to see the Monument to the 1876 Uprising and were messaging a friend who lives in Bulgaria about its whereabouts and he happened to also mention that there was a derelict swimming pool somewhere in the city with a reasonably intact mosaic inside that he had heard about but not visited personally.

Monument to the 1876 Uprising Lovech Bulgaria-5Monument to the 1876 Uprising in Lovech, Bulgaria

That was enough to arouse our curiosity and after locating, and photographing the Monument to the 1876 Uprising, we set about the task of finding the pool. There were three of us that day: Kirsty, myself and a friend of ours who had joined us for a 10-day road trip throughout central and coastal Bulgaria. Our main goal of the journey was to find as many monuments and memorials connected to Bulgaria’s socialist past as possible but additions such as decent street art, the odd bit of pleasant countryside and anywhere abandoned (and accessible) were always a bonus and the fact that we kept finding additional things that weren’t on our original itinerary was the reason  we would set off around 8 o’clock every morning and not be finished until about eleven hours later. In short, road tripping in Bulgaria is exhausting but brilliant and you never know what’s going to be around the next corner.

The prospect of adding another abandoned swimming pool to our collection was too good to miss and it didn’t take us long to pinpoint this one. It turns out that Heather, our travel companion, was just as good at locating places using maps on just a phone as Kirsty is and after driving by to give it an initial once over to see if anyone was hanging around, what accessibly was like and that sort of thing, we parked up and made our way towards it.

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Getting inside the derelict pool was easy. The entire side entrance was completely accessible and the caretaker for the nearby sports field didn’t pay us any attention either. Actually, I’m not sure he even noticed us even though we weren’t making any conscious effort to avoid him. All in all, it was a very relaxing urbexing experience and our friend was right about the mosaic, of which there were two depicting different swimming scenes. They were very fine indeed.

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Unfortunately, I can’t give you any more information about the swimming pool. When it was built and why it fell into a state of disrepair remain a mystery to me. It’s unusual not to find any information whatsoever about an abandoned building. There is normally something online, but, in this case, apart from a couple of photos of the pool, I’ve found nothing. All I can do is turn this short post into a photo-essay and stick up a couple of pictures!

If I ever find out anything else about this bright and airy defunct swimming pool in central Bulgaria, I’ll update the post!

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