"There, an oasis. An oasis in the distance.
An oasis of a catastrophic disaster".
Pripyat is an abandoned city located in Ukraine. It is standing on the Pripyat River, near the border with Belarus. It was the home city for people who were working at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant; one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe.
Pripyat was founded on February 4, 1970. The main reason for the city foundation was the construction and further exploitation of Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It became the ninth nuclear power city in the Soviet Union. It was the last census held before evacuation. The city was a convenient transportation juncture in Polesye area.
Pripyat is known worldwide because of the Chernobyl disaster happened at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The population of the city was about 49.400 before the disaster (April 26, 1986). Slavutich, a new town-sputnik, was built about 50 km from the nuclear power station. When we visited the area, we stayed at a hotel in Slavutich. You can feel the atmosphere of a gloomy city.