Monuments in the Chernobyl zone – description

Chernobyl is a unique place on the planet. On the one hand, it is the epicenter of the largest man-made disaster in the history of humankind. On the other hand, it is a tourist magnet, attracting hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian and foreign travelers every year. Most of them are eager to see the place where time stopped on April 26, 1984. But there are many among tourists and those who are interested in the monuments of Chernobyl. Among them are residents of Pripyat, liquidators of the nuclear power plant accident, their children, and even grandchildren. They don’t just want to see the “radioactive wasteland” with their own eyes; their goal is to pay tribute to the memory of everyone who stopped the disaster at the cost of their health and life.

Monument to the Chernobyl liquidators at the fire station

Each tourist group that passes the Dityatki checkpoint and heads towards the Chernobyl zone, first of all, will see the Monument erected at the fire station. The Monument to the liquidators, opened in 1995 for the 10th anniversary of the accident, also bears the name “Those who saved the world.” And this short combination very accurately characterizes the feat accomplished in early May by a small group of firefighters and divers.

Monuments in the Chernobyl zone - description

The first vehicles to extinguish a nuclear fire left 35 years ago from this place. Rescuers had no idea how deadly they were fighting, linking their poor health and nausea to carbon monoxide poisoning.

A group of three divers deserves special attention, to whom the Monument to the Chernobyl liquidators is also dedicated. Unlike the firefighters, these people knew for sure that they were going to certain death. Their task was to enter the pre-reactor room, open the lock valves and release the water. The operation made it possible to exclude the possibility of a thermal explosion of the remaining three power units of the NPP.

Monument to Prometheus in Pripyat

The Monument to the mythological character is located in Chernobyl for a reason. Prometheus stole fire from the gods and transferred it to man, considered the symbol of atomic lobbyists. After all, the energetics and titanium brought people light, warmth, and the opportunity to feel safe.

Until 1986, the Monument to Prometheus was located at the cinema of the same name in the center of Pripyat. After the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, it was moved to the administrative building of the power plant to avoid an attempt at looting.

Monument to Prometheus in Pripyat

A large-scale memorial with commemorative signs dedicated to the liquidators of the accident has been created on the territory around the Monument. It also has direct symbolism because as the gods punished Prometheus for his act and doomed him to torment, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant situation condemned humanity to torment.

Monument to liquidators near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

If you visit the fourth power unit, you will see the Monument to the Chernobyl liquidators. It is presented in the form of a stylized stele and is dedicated to all the perished workers of the nuclear power plant.

Monument to liquidators near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

The location is located at the epicenter of the accident: the casket, under which the remains of the destroyed reactor are hidden, is situated 500 m from the stele.

Why is it worth visiting the Exclusion Zone?

A trip to Pripyat is a unique opportunity to see with your own eyes:

  • the result of human error that destroyed the destinies of millions of people;
  • the spirit of the Soviet era;
  • the unique atmosphere of a ghost town.

For a tour to Chernobyl, the price depends on the format and duration of the excursion: from one-day to five-day stay.

An excursion to Chernobyl from Trips to Chernobyl is an opportunity to see the result of a fatal mistake and how nature is recovering from a man-made disaster.