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Sailors’ club


Address: Kommercheskaya str., 31
Period of construction: approx. beginning of the twentieth century
Storeys – 1


The building placed on the corner of Kommercheskaya and Grecheskaya streets has a modest exterior: ordinary brickwork, sometimes covered with stucco. Over its rather long history it has changed owners more than once, but its purpose has remained unchanged – a club institution.

It was built by Russia as an officer club for the border guard troops stationed in Izmail, designed to guard the border.

Already in the Romanian period an officer club operated here. During its repair three letters “I.C.M.” – “Izmail club militare” were walled into the floor. So it is called on the plan of Izmail in 1943 – the Military Club.

After World War II the Romanian military club opposite the Greek church was given to the Sailors Club of the Danube Flotilla, which was here until the 1960s. During this period it was abbreviated as the “Basic Club” – a recreation center for citizens. However, in the early 50’s on Telegraphna str. a new Sailors’ club was built and the recreation center moved there.

After that the the building became Interclub for many years. Students from Asian, African and Cuban countries who studied military affairs spent here their leisure time. According to the memoirs of old-timers in the 90s the club with the auditorium continued to work – for some this building is memorable for admission to pioneers, but someone remembers the school prom spent here.

The further fate of the building is foggy – already in the 90s it was privately owned by a local entrepreneur and today it is under the jurisdiction of the Izmail border detachment and is temporarily not used.

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