The Chernobyl disaster happened on April 26, 1986. In one day an entire city was forced to leave behind their lives. Now it’s a popular tourist destination in Ukraine, and there are a handful of companies that offer guided tours to the abandoned site. My friend Sergej (pronounced Sergei) went there a few days ago and based on everything he showed me, I think he spent more time taking pictures then he did breathing!
But that’s ok, because he got some really fantastic shots. He also narrated the story behind every picture before handing them over. So without anymore words, let’s check out some of the pictures he took. If you want to learn more about Chernobyl, click here for the Wiki entry.
Sergej (the man behind all these photos) chilling on top of an abandoned 16 story apartment building
An abandoned store. This used to be a thriving town until the accident
This MASSIVE radar array could detect a nuclear missile launch the second it happened in America
Really, you think this would be obvious
At one point all of these documents were classified, not anymore though
This guy looks like he had a lobotomy at a young age
An abandoned kindergarten, with dolls left on the beds by the children
A faded socialist mural
Sergej said that the floor on this court is still decent, and you could play here if you wanted
Bumper cars anyone? This is my personal favorite of the lot
The famous ferris wheel. Anyone else recognize this from Call of Duty 4?
Same thing with this diving board, I swear I’ve seen it in COD 4 before..
The view from 16 stories up. The apartment building forest
I think the background sky for this monument is so fantastic!
Well that’s all it. I have about a hundred pictures that Sergej gave me, but uploading more simply is not happening. If you want to learn more, you’ll just have to come to Ukraine and see the site for yourself.
Thanks Sergej for the pictures!