“What photos people make in Pripyat or Chernobyl? Usually those are some well known land marks you can see on every photo – abandoned amusement park, a movie theater etc. All those landmarks are in one place and usually Chernobyl tours don’t let people wander somewhere else. However personally I was always interesting in some “underground” Chernobyl life – places where you could see day-to-day life of the people back in year 1986 (when the power plant exploded). So today during our trip to Pripyat we will go to these residential areas and will see the forests which has grown on the city lawns and other things”, says Maxim, the visitor of the Pripyat area. Would you like to see this too? Then welcome inside!
For example this was a school of Pripyat. School #1. It was one of the first buildings in the town that started collapsing – water freezes and breaks the bricks from inside.
Near the school one can see the school desks remnants.
One more desk, with a projector sitting on top.
Right next to it there is a protection costume – the one is used to protect oneself from chemical and radioactive rains. Maxim says that you better don’t touch those as they might come from the cellars where the radioactive toxic costumes were dumped of the firemen who were fighting fires in the first days of the disaster.
Another entrance into a school. You can see the heat radiators lying on the ground, and the window is broken, probably in that times when the door still was locked.
Some other old things are dumped in the yard. Maxim says you better not touch this stuff also as it might be toxic.
Plants sneak inside the windows of this apartment complex. Birds have nests on these trees which grow on something that was a nicely mowed lawn before.
The regular entrance into apartment building in Pripyat looks like this now.
Sometimes inside the forest you can see some ruins. Before this was not a forest but another street with a mowed lawn and the ruins were just a small shop.
Sometimes you can see the pay phones. Now they look like they were built in the forest, but before it was not a forest at all.
The yard near the Pripyat laundry is one of the most cared streets and yards in all Pripyat says Maxim, as people that people working in Pripyat wash their cloths here.
A side wall of the city University.
A service center.
A city street and an apartment building.
Another apartment building entrance.
A nine storied apartment building.
Two sixteen-storeyed building, before there was a wide street between those two. Now there is forest.
And its front yard is forest too.
And an entrance into sixteen storied complex. Entrance from inside is burned out – someone was burning wires to get the copper out of them, says Maxim.
Another street you can see here plastic pieces of wire cover which was pulled off to get the copper inner parts.
An elevator call button lying in the grass.
Hope you liked and big thanks to Maxim for the effort and explanations!