Pripyat: Main Square

Lenin Avenue was the main road into Pripyat. At the corner of Lenin Avenue and Kurchatova Street was 32/13 Lenin Avenue, a residential building with a furniture store on the ground floor. It was surrounded by a few public places and shops.

Looking down Lenin Avenue in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Looking down Lenin Avenue

32/13 Lenin Avenue in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

32/13 Lenin Avenue

Furniture store in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Furniture store

Looking down Kurchatova, it’s possible to spot a 16-story building with a hammer and sickle on the top. That building had a library on the ground floor.

16-story building in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

16-story building

Pripyat’s large main square sat at the end of Lenin Avenue. It was surrounded by several public places (see below). A Soviet flag flies from one of the flagpoles in the square.

Main square in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Main square

Main square in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Main square

Main square in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Main square

Soviet flag in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Soviet flag

On the far east side of the square is city administration building. During the Chernobyl disaster, authorities continued to use this building as the disaster control headquarters.

City administration building in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

City administration building

City administration building in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

City administration building

Next to it was the Hotel Polissya. It was used by workers and the authorities during the disaster control period.

Hotel Polissya in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Hotel Polissya

Hotel Polissya in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Hotel Polissya

Hotel Polissya in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Hotel Polissya

Hotel Polissya in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Hotel Polissya

Hotel Polissya lounge in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Hotel Polissya lounge

A colonnade separates the hotel from the Palace of Culture “Energetik”, which had a pool, dance hall, movie theatre, boxing ring, and other entertainment. Behind the colonnade was a park, part of which was going to be used as an amusement park for May Day and Victory Day celebrations that never took place.

Colonnade in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Colonnade

Palace of Culture "Energetik" in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Palace of Culture “Energetik”

Palace of Culture "Energetik" in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Palace of Culture “Energetik”

On the west end of the square was a shopping center that consisted of a supermarket and restaurant.

Shopping center in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Shopping center

Shopping center in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Shopping center

Supermarket in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Supermarket

Supermarket in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Supermarket

Supermarket in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Supermarket

Restaurant in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Restaurant

Restaurant in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Restaurant

A city storage room was located in the back of the Palace of Culture. It was filled with items for the upcoming May Day celebration.

City storage room in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

City storage room

City storage room in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

City storage room

City storage room in Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

City storage room

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