The history of Chornobyl town

Why Chernobyl was called Chernobyl?

     The city of Chernobyl, became world famous after the accident at the nuclear power plant in 1986. These events have perpetuated the city. Now Chernobyl is associated with radiation, an explosion on April 26 at nuclear power plants, mutants, zombies and other mysticism. It should be noted that the history of the city of Chernobyl itself does not begin since 1986, its history is actually more ancient.


     There are different opinions, myths, legends that make it clear why Chernobyl was called Chernobyl?


     The most common version is that the name of the city is associated with Chernobyl, or more commonly known grass - wormwood. The fact is that this plant is very common in the area where the city was founded. Wormwood here literally grows with whole fields, in other it can be found now.


     The second version is related to biblical mythology. The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the cause of mystical legends and conjectures. The Old Believers tend to believe that the catastrophe was intended. The Bible says that Wormwood is a symbol of the punishments of the Lord, the judgment of God over the disobedient. This is mentioned in the New Testament, in the Revelation of John the Divine: “The third angel sounded, and a big star fell from the sky, burning like a torch, and fell on the third part of the rivers and on the sources of water. The name of this star is “wormwood,” and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the waters, because they became bitter. ” Representatives of biblical mythology are inclined to believe that the disaster of the 86th is the prophecy of the ancients - “black story” - a forerunner of misfortune, and wormwood (grass that has a bitter taste) is often associated with poison. Actually that's what happened when the radionuclides settled into the territory, they "poisoned" water and the terrain itself.


     According to the third version, historians believe that Chernobyl, known since 1127 as Stryzhev, got its present name under the son of the Kiev Prince Rurik at the end of the XII century. In the annals there are records about the town of Stryzhev. It is known that it was located on the right bank of the Dnipro, but no one knows where exactly. According to the chronicles, it is known that the Prince's Palace was built in Stryzhev, which was located on the banks of the Pripyat River. Researchers believe that the name Stryzhev comes from the word "guard of the Dnipro", perhaps, it was a border town. Probably, the city was constantly succumbed to the attacks of the enemy, and after one of the battles the city was completely destroyed, only the fields with Chernobyl were left.


     The next version comes from the time of the Scythians (400-500 years d.ne). On the territory of Eastern Europe, the Androphagan tribes settled down - from Greek means cannibals, and such a tribe as Melanhlens is also kanibal. For specifics, the territory of Eastern Europe is the territory of Ukraine and Belarus. Melanchleas were located approximately beginning from the Kremenchug reservoir (Cherkasy region), rising along the Dnipro to Belarus. The melanhlens were also called black-dressed or black-coats, since they wore black short coats. A number of scientists believe that cities such as: Cherkasy, Chernyakhov, Chernobyl, Chernihiv emerged due to the settlement of black-dressed people or black-coats.



Excursions to the Chernobyl Zone, the city of Chernobyl, Chernobyl NPP, Pripyat.

     The city of Chernobyl is a truly ancient place, which dates back to 1193. In the format of a one-day tour, we try to show the maximum of the objects that are located on our route (memorial "Star of Wormwood", a monument to "Those Who Saved the World", an exhibition of robotics). In multi-day tours there is an opportunity to visit more objects and locations. For example, take a walk along the forgotten streets of the Chernobyl, visit the Park of Glory and the Castle Hill, walk along the private sector, visit the cemetery of ships and barges that are in the Chernobyl backwater. In terms of infrastructure, the city of Chernobyl is almost no different from other localities, there are three hotels where tourists can stay during multi-day excursions, a cafe, a bar, a bus station, a fire department and a medical unit, even an existing church, and you can visit "Self-settlers".


     On our website CHERNOBYLADVENTURE.COM you can book a tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on any day of the week. See you on the tour!

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