At the height of Stalin’s Soviet Union – authorities developed plans to build a skyscraper called the ‘Palace of the Soviets’, which would have been the tallest structure ever built. When construction failed, the site was turned into another record breaking structure, though not quite so illustrious. What was this?

Answer: The building’s empty foundations were transformed into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool.

Source: Joseph Stalin by Helen Rappaport.

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