The construction of the city of Pripyat began on 4th February 1970 to house the workers with their families and the builders of the nearby nuclear power plant. In fact it had over 50,000 inhabitants.

The city was built to think about the better welfare of the community. There were numerous public service facilities: two hospitals, two hotels, a shopping center and a huge multifunctional structure located in the central square and equipped with an indoor swimming pool.

An ideal place to live and indeed, in Soviet times it was probably the most modern and wealthy city to move to.

This place is now completely uninhabited: the urban settlement has remained as it was left by the inhabitants, who were told they would be evacuated for up to three weeks due to an accident at the nearby nuclear power plant. 

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