The Pripyat communications center was a very important element in the life of the young city of nuclear scientists. The developing atomic city was inhabited by people from all over the USSR. From the very beginning of the life of Pripyat, young builders, nuclear scientists, engineers, teachers, doctors came here. Everyone needed a quality connection with their families. People wrote letters, telegrams, made long-distance calls, and sent parcels. All this was done by the Pripyat communications center.
The communication center is located in the central part of Pripyat along Lazarev Street. The building has 3 floors and a beautiful, distinctive mural inside. Then I will show it to you. A beautiful, distinctive panel on the sidewall. It depicts a communications girl.
After the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the post office was abandoned. The condition of the premises is terrible. But all the same, parts of the Soviet interior have been preserved here – booths for negotiations.
On the second floor, shelves and boxes for storing letters and telegrams have been preserved. In 1986, the telegram was the most popular and inexpensive way of communication, if it was necessary to quickly and shortly transmit information. Today it has been replaced by the Internet and numerous instant messengers.
An interesting drawing has been preserved on the wall in the central hall. There you can see the symbols of the mail of all the peoples of the world. In the middle it says “post of the USSR”, and on the sides, there are a girl and an astronaut, as a symbol of the future development of the country. On the table in the mess are also numerous magazines and books that relate to telegraphy.
All photos from that trip to Chernobyl were made by Stas Polessky. He is an urban explorer and you may find a lot of interesting videos, stories, and stunning photos on his youtube channel or an Instagram account.