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"Chernobyl - Pripyat" Chernobyl Tip by smirnofforiginal

Chernobyl, Kiev: 8 reviews and 27 photos

Pripyat was founded in 1970 to house the workers for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979.

At the time of the accident (April 1986) the population of Pripyat was approx. 50,000.

Pripyat had a defined city centre - it is still visible and the buildings are still there only vandalised and ransacked, delapaidating and decaying in their sorrowful neglect. It is seen behind and between the trees and the shrubs and the moss growing around as well as on and inside. Nature is reclaiming what was once hers and eventually her roots in their stubbornness will weaken the foundations and make the buildings unsafe. In 2005 the four-storey school collapsed... others will follow but, for now, it is still possible to clamber around inside the shells of these once proud buildings...and the view from the roof of the Polissya hotel are somethng to be admired.

The roofs leak, paint is peeling from the walls, windows are in smithereens on the floor and the tiles have long since dropped and smashed. Stagalmites of probably lethal liquids grow up to try to form union with the salagtites that hang down....

In the town hall there are books and ledgers, filing cabinets upturned full of what was once important and carefully locked away documensts - these documents lay scattered and exposed on the floor... memories that once there was life here. Life that so very rapidly one day in April 1986 was stolen, displaced or sent into suffering.

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  • Written Nov 6, 2011
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