Dead Villages in Exclusion Zone

Dead Villages in Exclusion Zone

The Exclusion Zone has 188 settlements. Among them are only two cities; the rest are Dead villages, from small settlements of a few dozen houses to fairly large, urban-type settlements. Time, fire, decontamination, and purposeful elimination destroyed human settlements. As a result, there are only two signs along a road, at the beginning and at the end of a settlement; and in between, ruins. Sometimes even those are no longer there, only the grass-covered hills along the site of former streets. This is what the three buried villages near the Chernobyl NPP look like.

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Often these places are like an abandoned ethnographic museum under the open sky, the exhibits of which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. One may find a wooden spinning wheel (on which they spun without a spindle, pulling the thread out of the tow with one hand and pressing the pedal with the foot); old wood stoves; cozy wicker cottages made from the flexible branches of filberts – wooden huts (kolyba) – under thatched roofs and lilac thickets. Time has gone with the people, and now history rules here.

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