This is the second of four posts which I will be publishing from the four days I spent exploring the abandoned city of Pripyat:
2. The schools of Pripyat – Kindergartens #13 ‘Goldfish’, #4 ‘Golden Cockerel’, #15, Elementary Schools #1, #3, #2 and #5.
3. Hospital No.126.
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The schools were by far the most poignant and emotionally affecting places that I explored during my time in Pripyat. Whilst the vast majority of buildings have long since been smashed up and stripped of all but a few remnants over the past three decades of abandonment, the schools still held the strongest traces of the souls which once inhabited this City.
I found classrooms with chairs still stacked neatly on desks, ready for the next day’s classes which never came. Home work, text books, and class projects strewn on floors. And in the Kindergartens the tiny dolls, toys, shoes, and other personal effects of the infants who were blissfully unaware of the catastrophe which was unfolding on 26 April 1986.
At the time of the evacuation, Pripyat had a total of 15 kindergartens for 4,980 students, and 5 elementary schools for 6,786 students.
Elementary School #3
This school is the most frequented by visitors to Pripyat due to amount of items still remaining, and the famous floor of gas masks which were originally stored at the school in case of attack by the USA during the Cold War.
Kindergarten #13 ‘Goldfish’
Each of the Kindergartens were given a nickname – this one was ‘Goldfish’.
Kindergarten #4 ‘Golden Cockerel’
The outsides of the kindergarten buildings were often decorated with colourful murals. Here’s what this one looked like before the disaster…
Elementary School #2
I really enjoyed my brief explore of this middle school…
On our last day we happened across this smaller kindergarten on the outskirts of the city. I haven’t been able to find out what its nickname was…
Elementary School #5
With time fast running out on our last afternoon, my mate Tommy and I broke off from our group to made a quick climb over a fence and through some undergrowth to this school.
First we had a look at the former greenhouse, built next to it.
Before heading into the school…
Thanks for visiting.