Pripyat, Ukraine – Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster
The Chernobyl disaster has left a mark in the lives of millions of people in a couple of generations. In the aftermath of the accident, many people have died or suffered health issues. Entire city of Pripyat and the nearby villages has been evacuated and people never went back home. Once a vibrant city, after the disaster has become a ghost town. Over 30 years after the distaster, nature takes what’s hers. Check out a few photos before and after the Chernobyl disaster.
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1. Pripyat city sign
Pripyat city sign is situated on the crossroads in front of the entrance to the city. It remains one of the symbols of the Exclusion Zone. The sign is painted like in 1970 when the city was founded.
2. Kurchatov Street
Looking at the photo then and now – the street can not even be recognized.
3. View at the Polissya hotel
The hotel Polissya is located in the heart of the city on the main square of Pripyat. The building has a small number of floors, but stands high above the buildings around. According to the project, a café with a summer veranda and panoramic view was planned on the last floor of the hotel. Because of the accident, the idea never came to life. Now inside the hotel there is nothing left besides the bare walls and rubbish.
4. View at the Kurchatov street
Kurchatov street was and remains the main artery of the city, despite the fact that now it is drowned in her untidy bush.
5. The restaurant on the main square
The restaurant Polissya is also located on the central square, next to the Palace of Culture Energetik. Before the Chernobyl disaster, the restaurant was considered one of the most expensive in the city. The photo shows the stairs of this restaurant.
6. Palace of Culture Energetik
Palace of Culture Energetik was built in 1970 according to a typical standard at that time in the USSR. The building hosted a hotel, a pharmacy, a department store, a grocery store, a cinema, a gym, a bar, and a cultural building. The Palace also had a large number of clubs, performances, concerts, performances and in the evenings – a disco called “Edison-2”.
7. Ferris wheel
The amusement park is one of the most affected places and one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is located in the city center, behind the Energetik and Polissya Hotel. Ferris wheel is probably one of the main symbols of the city and the whole Exclusion Zone. It can be seen on many photographs taken after the disaster. The wheel never worked. It was supposed to start on May 1, 1986.