Pripyat (also spelled Prypiat) was a small city located in Kiev oblast of Ukraine. It is standing on the Pripyat River near the border with Belarus. Pripyat was the home city for people working at one of the largest in Europe nuclear power plants - Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The direct distance between Pripyat and Kiev is only 94 km. The distance by roads is about 127 km.
Chernobyl disaster region map
Pripyat was founded on February 4th, 1970. The main reason for the city foundation was construction and further exploitation of Chernobyl nuclear power plant - one of the largest in Europe - which gave the reason to call Pripyat a city of nuclear power professionals. Pripyat became the ninth nuclear power city in the Soviet Union.
The population of the city was 47,500 (in November 1985), it was the last census held before evacuation. Originally, Pripyat was planned to be the home for 75,000-78,000 people.
Pripyat was a convenient transportation juncture in Polesye area due to railway station Yanov located rather close, a landing stage on the river Pripyat and highways.
The population of Pripyat was evacuated on April 27th, 1986, because of the Chernobyl accident. A new town-sputnik Slavutich was built about 50 km from the nuclear power station for the staff working at it.
Pripyat is known all over the world for 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 Pripyat was abandoned. The city is known as ghost city now.
Pripyat is one of favorite places among tourists and scientists all over the world.
Radiation hotspots resulting from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident