Abandoned athletics stadium in the still-populated town of Chernobyl
Abandoned buildings in Pripyat
“The bridge of death”
“Welcome to Pripyat” sign
“Today we are children, but tomorrow – the Soviet nation.”
Soviet komsomol poster
Monument to fallen firefighters
Tours to Chernobyl are becoming increasingly popular, and are a must-do for anyone wanting a completely unique experience. It is, however, crucial to understand the gravity of what happened at the Chernobyl Power Plant and the Soviet Union’s attempts to both clean up, and cover up, the world’s worst nuclear accident.
One often overlooked piece of information is that Chernobyl is still inhabited by a few people - against the wishes of the authorities. The name of the completely abandoned, and since ran-sacked city is Pripyat. Though we were told on our visit that everything in Pripyat had been left as it was on the day of the evacuation, there was without a doubt some staging and a liberal use of creative licence around the most commonly visited buildings.
Read more on my day trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat here.