There haven’t been any pics from here since October so I thought I’d share mine. I was on the same trip as Oldskool, which actually was where he first recommended Talk Urbex to me – sat in some dodgy as hotel bar drinking beer from the tallest glasses I’ve seen that didn’t contain a yard of ale and listening to the oddest mix of local folk and euro pop you can imagine.
We waltzed into the Ukraine 36 strong. It was a fantastic trip, I met a lot of cool people and experienced a place so completely different to anywhere else in the world. What with my current disposable income and the impending probability of the Zone closing while work on the new Sarcophagus continues, this was probably a once in a lifetime trip for me. I’d highly recommend going before it’s too late – through closure of the Zone or because Pripyat has become too unsafe.
On April 26th 1986 one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl power plant exploded. This then resulted in other explosions and the spread of nuclear contamination all over the surrounding area and even in other countries. There were many effects on people from all over. Many people who were at the plant trying to get the situation under control died from radiation poisoning within a few weeks of the accident. People hired to clean up the Chernobyl accident also had similar problems as they did not have proper protection. Now this plant and surrounding towns are abandoned and no-one can enter without permission from the government.
The town of Pripyat is a true ghost town. People left in a rush leaving personal items behind, believing they would be returning for their belongings soon. It has been as they left it for 20 years, save for some vandalism by the government in an attempt to stop looters. Windows were broken across the town to prevent radiation building up within the buildings.
Middle School No. 3
There is a bridge between the Chernobyl plant and Pripyat which overlooks the reactors. When the disaster happened, many citizens of the town gathered on the bridge to watch, unaware of the danger. They all died within weeks of the accident.
Hospital No. 126
The basement of the hospital in Pripyat is one of the most radioactive locations outside of the reactor. After the accident the firefighters who were first on scene were taken to the hospital and their fire-protective suits are still lying in the basement today, too radioactive to be moved. Even in full protective gear you can spend no more than 30 seconds in the basement.
Kindergartens “The Golden Key” and “Cheburashka”