Welcome the the last of my 4 posts from the three days I spent exploring Pripyat, which are:
3. Hospital No.126.
4. Swimming Pool ‘Lazurny’, Piano Shop, Post office, Police Station, Jupiter factory, Vehicle Graveyard, Apartment Block, and Cafe ‘Pripyat’.
As always, click on a photo to VIEW LARGE
Swimming Pool ‘Lazurny’ (Azure)
Not every building in Pripyat was completely abandoned after the evacuation of 27 April 1986. The city’s swimming pool was still used by the liquidators tasking with decontaminating the region up until 1996, a decade after the disaster.
Here’s what it looked like in October 1996…
The Soviets loved a good mural – preferably one which showed off their love of peace, solidarity, and technological advancement… this is one of the best preserved examples which still remains in the City.
Given the generally well educated, employed, and privileged population, crime was relatively low in Pripyat. The majority of problems were alcohol related – making illegal home-brew moonshine, drink driving, and public drunkenness.
Officially the huge Jupiter Factory on the Western edge of the City made cassette recorders and other mundane household items. However, it is thought that the plant actually secretly produced military computers, ‘black boxes’, and other components for use in submarines, fighter jets, and even the space industry. Such was the level of secrecy surrounding the factory that even today it is not entirely certain exactly what was produced there. These days there is little left…
Near to the Police Station and Jupiter Factory is this small dump of discarded vehicles and machinery…
Apartment Block (Northwest Pripyat)
There are seven 16-storey buildings in Pripyat. We explored one of these apartment blocks to the far Northwest of the City…
We then headed out onto the roof to enjoy the views over the city and surrounding forest. It was pretty windy up here!
If you click on this photo to view large, you will just be able to make out the huge Duga radar array on the horizon.
Near to Hospital No. 126 is this small cafe…
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