Pripyat city, Ukraine (Prypiat)

The city of Kiev oblast.

Pripyat overview

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.

Pripyat city map location


The map of Chernobyl disaster region

Chernobyl disaster region map

Pripyat history

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

Radiation hotspots resulting from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident

Pripyat city, Ukraine photos

Pripyat views

Pripyat city view

Pripyat city view

Author: Alex Taranenko

Pripyat view

Pripyat view

Author: nikel303

Abandoned Pripyat

Abandoned Pripyat

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Pripyat scenery

Pripyat city scenery

Pripyat city scenery

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Pripyat scenery

Pripyat scenery

Author: nikel303

The Ukrainian SSR coat of arms

The Ukrainian SSR coat of arms

Author: Alex Taranenko


Pripyat pictures

The sign of radioactive contamination

The sign of radioactive contamination

Author: Alex Taranenko

Pripyat bank entrance

Pripyat bank entrance

Author: Alex Taranenko

Pripyat radioactive train

Pripyat radioactive train

Author: soloeast


Pripyat places

Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

Author: Babarika D.

Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

Author: Babarika D.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Author: alpha_ds


The questions of our visitors

derek sloan asks: When will people be able to live in your city again?
Expert's answer:
It will be possible to repopulate some areas in about 25-30 years but not sure it will be in reality because of numerous reasons like fears of the people, economical necessity etc.
Emanuel L. Wani asks: How far from Odessa is former town of Pripyat? Do visitors visit the ghost town in spite of the radioactive contamination of the environment? Was there no radiactive particles of long (>30 yrs)half life? Thanks, Emil
Expert's answer:
The distance is about 530 km. There are regular trips to Pripyat organized by several travel agencies (several hours visit). The contamination level is different for various parts of the city, so there are "safe" ways and also some dangerous places.