The town of Vilcha

The town of Vilcha

     Vilcha - abandoned settlement, located in the former Polessky district of Kiev region,near the border with Belarus.


     Initially, the village emerged in the XIX century as Alekseyevka. In 1913, in the village of Alekseevka, there was chapel built that was listed as property of St. Nicholas Church in Polisskie (Habne). The chapel was destroyed during the Soviet era.


     The modern name Vilcha received since the 1920s. In the 1970s and 80s, the village of Stanovische was included into Vilcha. In 1968, 2.5 thousand people already lived here.The railway station was operating here and the railway line Chernihiv - Ovruch passed through Vilcha, which was built in 1930. Worked asphalt-concrete and woodworking factories, sawmills. There were middle and elementary schools, 2 clubs, libraries and a hospital.


     Vilcha, like the neighboring regional center Polisske, was resettled only ten years after the Chernobyl accident. Since 1993, a gradual resettlement of 3,000 inhabitants began, to a new village of the same name built in the Kharkiv region. There was no panic evacuation . People left gradually, taking property, furniture. Officially, Vilcha was deregistered only in 1999.


     A project was also developed to build a new city- satellite on this site. According to its characteristics, the village was quite suitable: the remoteness of the Chernobyl NPP is no more than 50 kilometers, as well as the presence of a railway connection. But the plan didn't work, because in this area passed the western radiation trace - one of the most powerful emissions of a nuclear power plant. Fortunately, soon a place for a new city of power engineers found was found and the city of Slavutych appeared.


     Through Vilcha passes the transit road to the checkpoint Vilcha - Aleksandrovka (Ukraine-Belarus). Therefore, border guards and police often arrange ambushes here with thermal imagers and night vision devices.



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

     CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE Team invites you to visit this neighborhood. You will personally be able to visit the largest open-air museum. See the monuments that changed the history of the USSR. Our professional guides will not only show you interesting and memorable objects and locations in the restricted area, but also tell you a story that was divided into stages before and after. It should be noted that Vilcha is in similar state of preservation as Pripyat, although it was abandoned among the latter. The marauders did a good job digging even the communication pipes. But it still did not prevent us, the team of professionals, from forgetting the way there. However, come and see with your own eyes. See you on the tour.

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