Can you imagine a fridge, which fits 200 railway cars of food products? The Soviet Union liked to build big, and this is one of the examples of such construction. Also, from outside you would never, ever suspect that there is something that huge below this regular red brick building in the middle of the city.
Do you know why it was built? It was one of the strategic reserve storage products in the Soviet Union in case of war. 16,400 tons of food ...
This refrigerator can hold up to two hundred railway cars of food! Soviet authorities were keeping the strategic surplus of food here for Samara city.
Samara has a population of one million citizens and in case of a disaster they need lots of food, so they built this huge storage locker and placed it deep underground under a regular house so that the enemy would not suspect it and would not bomb it. Even many of the people who live here don't suspect that such a huge structure is hidden underground
From the backyard of the building you can see the trucks unloading. How such a small building can let those huge trucks unload inside one can ask, and the answer is it's a huge underground facility.
Originally, it was a mine or a stone quarry. In 1939 they ended up mining and started using it to store fish. Samara is a big city next to the Volga river, so availability of fishes were not at all a problem. Then after WW2 they started storing army ammunitions brought from all across the Soviet Union.
But then in 1958 the Russian department of surpluses got it and started installing the refrigeration machinery inside.
The machines use freon gas and can keep the temperature below -26 centigrade.
These are the remains of old fish barrels still here since the 1930s!
Nowadays this place doesn't hold the state strategic surplus of foods.
Some doors are so frozen that only one side of the doors can be opened.
Here too - it keeps the temperature at -18c all the time and you can see that the left part of the door can't be opened because of the ice.
This was frozen over ten meters away from the refrigerator for all these years.
People were warned that when they leave they need to check to ensure no one is left inside. That's because someone once left their colleague in a -18c room overnight.
The worker that stayed inside survived. He was keeping himself warm all the night moving the heavy meats from one place to another.
When they opened the doors in the morning he was exhausted but alive.