pripyat

The Ukrainian town of Pripyat has been deserted for 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. Now, the government says the region could be an ideal location for the world’s largest solar farm.
The Ukrainian town of Pripyat has been deserted for 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. Now, the government says the region could be an ideal location for the world’s largest solar farm.
Today, it is mostly silence that surrounds the abandoned buildings that stand as testimony to the hasty departure.
Urbex and photographer Iain Bolton offer us a haunting glimpse into the town of Pripyat, the nuclear city established in February of 1970 to support a nearby power plant you might have heard of... It was called Chernobyl.
This town would have been special in any country; let alone Ukraine where most villages are thankful if they have 24-hour running water. Now before me was nothing but ruble and the ever-present sound of crunching glass shattering as we traipsed through the vacant city center.
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I found myself squirming as I watched the Olympic opening ceremonies, physically uncomfortable as the camera panned the enormous new stadium. It seemed unnervingly ambitious for contractors who had also produced the likes of a bathroom with two toilets in a single stall.
The mystery, it turns out, arises from the sheer strangeness of what happened to Pripyat in combination with the Soviet strangeness
It takes a certain kind of tourist to sign away their life and board a bus to the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.