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Eerie winter images of Prypyat and Chernobyl

Eerie winter images of Prypyat and Chernobyl

I have some sort of weird attraction to dark tourism.

A place with a dark past is strangely appealing to visit, as you get to experience something completely out of the ordinary, something amazing and terrible, something utterly mind-blowing.

Rob and I visited Prypyat and Chernobyl during our time in Kiev. The photos we got were haunting – abandoned townships and schools, crumbling buildings, and soviet propaganda. We rented a geiger counter to test the level of radiation, which was so high in some areas that it was melting the snow.

I’ve also got a post on how to travel inside the exclusion zone, which includes some answers to FAQs about the Chernobyl tour.

Abandoned house in Chernobyl township
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Crumbling dwellings in the Chernobyl township.
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The ‘robot cemetery’ holds robots used during the power plant clean up. They are still very radioactive.
Chernobyl kindergarten
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Day beds and a nursery rhyme on the wall of a kindergarten in the Chernobyl township.
Chernobyl nuclear power plant reactor
Nuclear Reactor no. 4 stands almost 28 years after the explosion.
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The new sarcophagus under construction which will cover the reactor to confine the radiation and should last about 100 years. The EU is funding the project which will cost about $1billion.
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May Day propaganda.
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An abandoned sports centre in Prypyat.
Chernobyl, high school in Prypyat
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Deteriorating remains of a high school, including children’s gas marks from the Cold War.
Chernobyl, Prypyat amusement park
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Prypyat’s Amusement Park was never enjoyed by the public as it was due to open for May Day celebrations that never went ahead as the power plant accident happened 4 days prior. The city was evacuated the next day.
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Chernobyl radiation checkpoint
Passing through the radiation control checkpoint on our departure.

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