On 26th April 1986 Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. In the coming weeks the nearby town of Pripyat and surrounding areas within the 20km Exclusion zone were evacuated. Pripyat is estimated to have had a population of 49,000 in 1986, at the time of the nuclear reactor meltdown.
We visited the Exclusion Zone and the surrounding areas in summer 2016. This gallery shows what was left behind in the 20km Exclusion zone; hospitals, schools, sports halls, swimming pool, shops, cafes and a post office. Frozen in time, to this day.
On 26th April 1986 a steam explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant sent radioactive plumes into the atmosphere, which had global consequences.
The Pripyat amusement park was due to open on 1st May 1986, but everything changed on 26th of April when the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster occurred.
Pripyat Azure Swimming Pool (Lazúrnyj) is located in Pripyat. Several sports halls exist around the city, including one at Chernobyl-2 Military Base.
Firefighters from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant were taken to Pripyat Hospital No. 126. Baby cots lay empty in an abandoned maternity ward.
Pripyiat was seen as a modern and luxurious Soviet city. This gallery features Pripyat post office, cafe on the river and supermarket we visited.
An abandoned Pripyat Middle School No. 3 which was abandoned during the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Gas mask litter several rooms and halls.
The Palace of Culture Energetik is an abandoned "Palaces of Culture" in Pripyat; it is located nearby the Music School. Both were abandoned in 1986.
Duga-3 was part of the Soviet Union missile warning system during the Cold War. Nicknamed "Russian Woodpecker" due to its tapping noise of its broadcasts.