25 A Ghost City Stepnogorsk

A Ghost City Stepnogorsk

Posted on October 10, 2010 by team

Ghost-cities are the places abandoned due to various reasons – economic decline, wars, natural or anthropogenic catastrophies. This city stands in the range of the ghost ones. This is Stepnogorsk and this post is devoted to it.

It is not far from Zaporizhzhya but here are nearly no people or cars. The center is represented by a couple of shops and kiosks. The atmosphere is rather gloomy and it’s hard to imagine how people can live here. Looks like a Ukrainian “Zombieland”…

So post-apocalyptic…

You won’t need much time to see how the city lives …

A mine 7 km away from the city. It was built in 1989 but didn’t work long and when it closed people’s plans were shattered and they began to leave the city … Many cities shared the same destiny.


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25 Responses to “A Ghost City Stepnogorsk”

  1. Bcn says:

    1St je,je

  2. zoya says:

    so it’s an abandoned mine town.

  3. zoya says:

    so it’s an abandoned mine town.

  4. SovMarxist1924 says:


  5. Jerry Barada says:

    Sad, really. To see such hope left to whither on the vine.

  6. Gaby says:

    Looks like the STALKER devs drew some inspiration from this town for their game… Going on a stroll through the game ends up with some eerily similar images and places… A building or two even had the same paintjobs as that old canteen. Nice!

    • JZ says:

      Because this was a typical soviet architecture and design of that time. You can see similar structures and stuff all over ex-USSR.

    • Gerry says:

      Real STALKER without radiation! Have to pay a visit there someday…

    • ZeroDrop says:

      Yes, very, very STALKER-ish.
      I would love to pay a visit to this place and many others… But I think I would have to spend several month and much much money in Russia and Ukraine…

  7. Seeker says:

    Sad to see the past glory ! Popov-Castle is very beautiful !

  8. Lord Cunt says:

    it’s in Kazakhstan by the way.

    • The Lord Bob says:

      Stop looking at Google Maps and assuming that’s correct. It’s at the east end of the Kakhovsky Reservoir in souther Ukraine, just south of the city of Zaporozhye.

  9. Wotan says:

    Looks wonderful place!

  10. flash says:

    its not empty ,its full of stalkers they are just hiding so you cant see them

  11. russia_bound says:

    Its sad to see a town wither and die like that. Near where I live are a lot of gold mining towns that are no more. Some of the buildings still remain but are not in as good as shape as some of these buildings. Thanks for the uploads…

  12. Testiculese says:

    I think I will vacation there next year with Egger and SovMarx1924

  13. Ugly American says:

    They should have a ‘homestead act’ for Russia where if you live on the land and improve it, it becomes yours.

  14. Dork says:

    The life sometimes can be very weird. :) Many people would be happy to get an own little flat, so they ask the banks for some loan. And here? Everytimg is -if I may say so- free of charge, but nobody needs. :)

  15. Alysa says:

    Thats my town. Stepnogorsk. You didnt show the living area part, and I am so looking for more information on the history of that town

  16. the end of the begining says:

    Land must be cheap, I would like to buy that home

  17. za says:

    so are there any imagery of the areas where people do live? A hotel or anything?

  18. Artem says:

    Founded by chance you know the article and I’m from Stepnogorsk)))) Now I live in the capital of Ukraine. Valid people live there)) I know it’s crazy for you. The human psyche is getting used to everything. I talk to anyone interested in the social network, I will be glad to communicate with people who from another world))) I’m sorry for the inaccuracy is Google translator :) http://vk.com/id74656793

  19. Jeff says:

    I too, would like to see the living part of this town and to know about it’s people and culture. Stepnogorsk is similar to many towns over the world and I have to agree it is very sad to see such desolation. I feel very sorry for the people there. I want to give them the following idea; there is hope and I will be part of that hope.

  20. Markita Shadler says:

    Awesome article Thanks for sharing.

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