The rich canopy of trees in the wide and empty boulevards in Pripjat takes to notice the few tourists after more than thirty years of a nuclear disaster.
This place, dubbed the city of the future, soon turned into hell on earth.
And the Accusation, which arose when both the nuclear power station and the Chernobyl, which existed from before, were the seat of the same area, were evacuated immediately after a nuclear accident, and the people there were forced to leave their homes and not have to take anything.
Since then, these two places have become the most famous abandoned cities in the world where everything in them was left as it was found. Until 2011, this area was completely closed for any visits. It is then open to tourists and their number is increasing from year to year. In 2017, Chernobyl and Pripjat visited 50,000 guests, and a year later there were already 72,000.
“We do not have more Crimea, and fewer tourists are interested in churches and religion, but that’s why we have cheap beer and Chernobyl,” they say in a tourist agency that organizes tours to the city of ghosts.
Early in the morning, on April 26, 1986, the fourth nuclear reactor at the plant exploded 90 kilometers north of Kiev, on the border with Belarus. Radioactive clouds spread rapidly in Europe, and from an area of about 2500 square kilometers (nearly identical to the Kolubara region in Serbia), 115,000 people were permanently evicted. In the years after the disaster, the world was shocked by the news of the birth of a horse with eight legs or the fishing of giant comes in the waters of the Pripyat River.
Radiation from the fourth reactor was stopped three years ago by placing a special silver-coated armor that was drawn through a reactor that had been cordoned off in a giant sarcophagus since the accident. By October 2016, the Geiger counter was reading multiple radiations in the vicinity of the switchboard, so that after installing this silver cover, radiation would be just slightly more than what might be considered normal.
Since then, tourism has begun to flourish. Before that, there were shy and few visits, and now there are already agencies that bring whole groups of foreigners to this place. There are even two-day or three-day tours that include sleeping in a very modest hotel with dormitories instead of a room, located in Chernobyl just 20 kilometers from the nuclear power plant. Buses for the transport of tourists on these tours are painted with images of gas masks and signs of radiation.
The protected zone continues to exist and it is necessary for tourists to pass several checkpoints. Although there is no longer a danger of radiation in this zone today, it is not completely safe. After being abandoned for over 30 years in the plant and animal world, he became more numerous. Today, the zone is a kind of natural reserve inhabited by a large number of foxes, wolves, wild boars, deer, various birds, and stray dogs.
During the tour of the Zone, tourists show some of the most interesting places like the so-called Red Forest, where the trees have become red and orange due to radiation. One of the most popular places is a moon park in which no child has ever traveled because it was just built and planned to open one week after the catastrophe occurred.
Tourists visit an abandoned hospital in which unfortunate firefighters who have fired a fire in the reactor were treated shortly before being transferred to Moscow and soon die. In Chernobyl, there is a huge statue of Lenin as well as many features of the Soviet Union. It’s time like it stopped in 1986.