Pripyat (Prypiat) is an abandoned city located in Kiev region of 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.
Direct distance between Pripyat and Kiev is only 94 km. The distance by roads is about 127 km.
The map of Chernobyl disaster region
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.
The population was 47,500 (November 1985). It was the last census held before evacuation. Originally, Pripyat was planned to be the home for 75,000-78,000 people.
The city was a convenient transportation juncture in Polesye area.
The population of Pripyat was evacuated on April 27, 1986, because of the Chernobyl accident. Slavutich, a new town-sputnik, was built about 50 km from the nuclear power station.
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).
After the disaster, the city was abandoned. Nowadays, it is known as the ghost city.
Present day Pripyat attracts tourists and scientists from all over the world.
Radiation hotspots resulting from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident