Animal laboratory

A former fish processing plant on the banks of a man made lake.

Cafe Pripyat

Situated on the shoreline of a beautiful lake, Cafe Pripyat was naturally a popular destination for the young city dwellers.

Chernobyl City

Once inhabited by over 14,000 people Chernobyl was largely abandoned following the disater as the exclusion zone was established.

Chernobyl Port

The boats now located at Chernobyl’s dockyard were contaminated with radiation following the nuclear disaster. Some were used in the subsequent clean up but others were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Childrens holiday camp

The Shmaragd holiday camp is where the children of Pripyat would spend their summer holidays.

Cooling towers

The unfinished giants of Chernobyl

Dock cranes

These 3 metal monsters stand proudly on the river bank

Jupiter Factory

Pripyat's largest factory functioned as radiology laboratory following the disaster until abandoned for good in 1996.

Middle School Number 3

Middle School Number 3 is one of 5 secondary schools in Pripyat. Located on Sportivnaya Street, right next door to the indoor swimming pool, it houses the most photographed collection of gas masks in Pripyat.

Palace of Culture "Energetik"

Pripyat's community center situated in the centre of the city on Lenin Square.

Pripyat Bus station

The bus station was a major transport hub for the growing population of the city and surrounding villages.

Reactor 5 - Exterior

Having seen photos taken from within Chernobyl’s reactor 5 this was one of the places I had really hoped to visit. Rarely can anything be guaranteed in the zone so when we pulled up to the gate next to the reactors I had my fingers well and truly crossed.

Reactors 5 - Interior

Walking further into the darkness of Reactor 5 the air becomes noticeably cooler and damp. Specs of dust glisten in the torch light ahead.

Resettlers and village

Parishiv had population of 678 prior to 1986, today it is home to just 16. Located within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and heavily contaminated following the disaster Parishiv is where Maria Urupa, now aged 81, continues to live.


A clinic for the treatment of chronic diseases and medically supervised recuperation.


Pripyat's premiere food and furniture shop.

Swimming pool Azure

Swimming pool “Lazúrnyj” or Azure is the most well known of the three indoor swimming pools in Pripyat.

Vehicle dump

A random collection of vehicles used in the clean up of Pripyat.

Yanov Railway Station

Yanov railway station is named after the isolated village that it once served. Commissioned in 1925 it was to play a vital role in the construction of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plants 40 years later.