Haunting Pictures Reveal The Eerie Beauty Of Chernobyl

Pripyat was once a thriving city, home to 50,000 people. Then nuclear disaster struck.

1. On 26 April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine - the worst nuclear accident in history - led to the evacuation of nearby city Pripyat. It remains abandoned to this day.

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2. An abandoned classroom.

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3. A toilet block in the abandoned city.

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4. The ferris wheel at Pripyat’s “Luna Park”.

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It was due to open just days after the disaster.

5. The school dormitory contains a chilling mixture of children’s toys and gas masks.

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6. Looters tried removing this piano from an apartment building, but couldn’t fit it in an elevator.

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7. The kitchen in a seventh floor apartment in the abandoned city.

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8. Colourful propaganda posters.

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9. An abandoned bus is left to rust.

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10. A holiday camp in the forest was once decorated with colourful cartoon characters.

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11. Chernobyl’s train station lies a little way outside of Pripyat, its platforms and carriages left abandoned.

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12. View from the cab of an old freight engine, left to rust on the tracks at Chernobyl Station.

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13. A discarded toy outside the school in Pripyatt, Ukraine.

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14. After the disaster, scientists tested fish from the river to monitor radiation levels.

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15. Many children would stay overnight at the kindergarten, and the dormitory room is piled high with rusted beds and cots.

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16. Dolls and books lie scattered around the derelict kindergarten.

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17. At this abandoned scientific centre inside the exclusion zone, notebooks and schematics lie scattered about.

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18. At a rural kindergarten, a faded poster advises children on road safety.

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