The Ghost City of Pripyat

The Ghost City of Pripyat

Pripyat was built in 1970 with the purpose to be a home town for the people who work in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It housed nearly 49 000 residents before the nuclear disaster in April, 1986, and is located 100km to the North of Kiev, Ukraine.

During 70's and early 80's the nuclear power plants were proclaimed to be safer and cleaner than other energy sources at the same time. The idea of the "peaceful atom" was strongly propagated at this time, which aimed to show that nuclear energy can be used not only for destruction. Or to distract foreign attention from Soviet nuclear weapons, probably.

A radioactive sign hangs on barbed wire outside a café in Pripyat.[Image Source: Wikimedia]

The city was considered also as main river and railroad cargo port, along with being residence for the nuclear plant workers. Names of the city infrastructures were typical for the period of Soviet Ukraine, as many streets and city objects were named after Soviet ideologists, national heroes and ideas. Pripyat was built by the unique for it's time triangular principle and a defined centre with a city hall, public and recreational facilities, shopping centres and a hotel.

People were evacuated for two days after the disaster in 1986. After that many buildings were vandalised and almost all of them are crumbling and eroding over the years. Probably   the most famous landmarks in the city is the ferris wheel,  which was a subject of many potographs and pictures.