1 Promenade In the Abandoned City

Promenade In the Abandoned City

Posted on August 25, 2014 by team

Right now you are invited for a walk along Sportivnaya Street – one of the most famous streets in Pripyat.

In general, Pripyat had two avenues and eleven streets. Sportivnaya street is unique, it’s the most overgrown today. In summer, it becomes almost impassable, buildings are hardly see behind the trees…

The street is called “Sportivnaya” (Sports Street), but in fact it has only one sports facility – a swimming pool.

The street starts from this sixteen-storey building (there are five buildings like this in Pripyat).

This is how it looked in the mid 80s. By the way, it didn’t have trees around at all. The street itself was rather wide.

From aside.

Remains of the barbed wire obstacle: dwelling houses of Pripyat were protected by barbed wire in the second half of 1986 to prevent looting.

Some buildings have double numeration.

Sportivnaya, 3.

Sportivnaya, 13.

The same building from the side of the swimming pool.

Pre-emergency picture – no trees or high grass…

Sportivnaya street from above, January 2013. The road to the left is not see at all…

Pre-emergency view from the roof of the sixeen-storey building.

Sportivnaya St., 4.

In winter we may see the road and the buildings more clearly.

However, if winter is too snowy…

They planted trees along the road, today they have grown high…

One of Pripyat symbols – a famous road sign.

Secondary school №3, Sportivnaya St. 14.

That very pool.

Sportivnaya, 24.

School No. 3 before the accident.

Traffic lights.

The same place in the 80s.

New grocery store, Sportivnaya, 11.

In summer time.


Telephone booth, April 2014.

The same, August 2012.

The same place before the emergency.

One more warning sign is at the end of the street.

Sportivnaya, 17a.

The final object in Sportivnaya Street – trade center “Yubileyniy”.

Here Sportivnaya Street crosses with Street of Sergeant Lazarev. Here our promenade finishes: once a wide and spacious street, it has now turned to jungle…


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One Response to “Promenade In the Abandoned City”

  1. Vijay says:

    Thanks to the admins. of this site. Good to see the soul and different aspects of Russian life from pictures here. This variety is excellent and connects us all as humans.

    Coming to chernobyl, what happened there was sad. However, something even sadder is happening today. Humanity has gotten to be too wired and is starting to live with machines. By doing this, we are loosing focus on the finer, deeper aspects of life. So, this cultural loss is worse than Chernobyl or world war even. We have becoming like Robots almost. Check this article out for example: http://thewalrus.ca/hot-wired/

    People are texting more than interacting in person.
    It will be amazing to use technology to connect with the basics of life, our souls, nature and other deeper things.

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