Below are photographs of Pripyat, a famous ghost town near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, taken in 2009.
Construction of the fifth and the sixth reactors has been frozen for ever.
Reactors number three and four.
The view of the city recreation center Energetic as seen from the roof of Polesye Hotel.
A square in front of the recreation center.
This district is one of the most polluted districts in Pripyat.
This ferris wheel was not meant to ever be launched.
“Health of the people is the country’s priority!”
Elevator shafts in Polesye Hotel.
It’s now dangerous walking in the recreation center. Its stage is rotting away and you can fall through it.
It was prestige to live in Pripyat because it was a new developing city with mild climate, it was situated close to Kiev and Moscow so people from different parts of the country would move here. That’s why the number of schools built here in Pripyat increased extremely fast here… to one day become abandoned.
“Hello former pupils of School #2!”
“4 A, always in my heart!”
“4 B! Will be glad to hear a call from you!”
In the library.
Pupils would hang out here in the lobby during the break.
A first grader’s exercise book.
This school is well-preserved, unlike the rest buildings of the city.
Why is everything on the floor? Was someone in haste wanting to find something?
“We are for peach! We don’t want a war!”
Wishes which will never come true… broken dreams… broken world.
This picture devoted to Soviet cosmonautics looks just like new.
In this classroom they would hold literature lessons.
A sixth grader’s assignment book.
In this classroom they used to hold physics lessons.
A classroom for civil defense lessons.
In this classroom, they would hold foreign language lessons.
History of a stamp.
There is a microscope on the table in the classroom for chemistry lessons.
In the staff room.
Residential jungles. In summer, all this gets buried in greenery.
It is better to visit Pripyat in spring, when there is little dust and rain. It’s safe but… You can walk in the city no more than 7 hours and avoid entering areas with high radiation level. You should also avoid having food or water here.
You should not step on the moss.
In spring, they vaccuum the city with special vacuum cleaners to dig the dirt deep underground.
You should receive a permit to enter the city.
A swimming pool. Some say it had been used up to 1994.
People lived and worked here until 1991.
This ferris wheel was built for a city with a population of 50,000 people which was unbelievable for that time.
It was to be opened on May 1st, 1986.
Just think about how difficult it must be for former citizens to visit Pripyat.
Silent witnesses of the tragic events of the past.