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You Won't Recognize Sochi In These Old Photos

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If the only images you've seen out of Sochi are those of Olympic skiers and Russian security forces, these photos taken in the first half of the twentieth century in the Russian resort town will blow your mind.

Sochi has been one of the region's prime resort towns since the start of the twentieth century. Throughout the decades, millions of visitors have sought refuge in the town's baths and sanatoria, lauding the center for its balmy climate and refreshing beaches.

The photos below showing Sochi back in the days were collected by the Sochi Branch of the Russian Geographic society.

  • Dacha Khludov in Sochi. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Park Khudekov in Sochi. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Square near the monument for Lenin. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Steamship Lenin at the pier, 1930s. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Pension elite. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Stop between tunnels, 1916. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Lake Riza, 1954. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • On the beach, early 20th century. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Bridge at Riviera Park. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • General view of Sochi. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Country restaurant on Mount Ahune, 1957. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Riding on the buffalo, early 20th century, (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Dacha, 1930s . (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Dacha Zinovieva. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Marseille hotel, early 20th century. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Caucasian Riviera Hotel in Sochi. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Pioneer Odintsov. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • View from Cafe Central, Sochi. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Adler, 1910. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Vereschaginsky beach, 1958. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)
  • Ahunskaya Lookout Tower. (Sochi Branch of Russian Geographic Society)

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