Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: Pripyat – Central Square & The River
At a first glance it was very difficult to see the outline of the square through the overgrowth of trees that had reclaimed the space in the 30 years since the disaster. Several of these buildings surrounded the square and we spent time visiting the Recreation Center and Supermarket. The Recreation Center was complete with a pool (ice lingered on the surface), a Boxing ring (in what was once an orangery), and a large gymnasium space. The Supermarket still had signs hanging from it and at a glance we could see shopping trolleys and refrigerator units tipped over on their sides. Further along from the Central Square was the River Front, where a beautiful cafe had once stood, and a river boat had sat. The test of time had not been kind to either – the River Boat was submerged further down the shore line where it had half sunk, and the beautiful stained glass in the Cafe had been broken and smashed in pieces over time.