The village Leliv

Abandoned village of Chornobyl Exclusion Zone

     Leliv - abandoned village, located in the north near the city of Chernobyl, or in the south of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Near the village, passes the main road Chernobyl - Chernobyl NPP, which the working personnel and tourist groups always use.


     The village stands on a marshland, surrounded by hills.


     The first written mention of the village dates back to 1648, then there were already 27 courtyards in the village. The name comes from the night bird Lelyak.


     At a distance of 1 kilometer from the village to the north, there was an ancient Rus settlement of XII - XIII centuries, having dimensions 80 by 60 meters. During research and excavations, fragments of pottery of the Middle Dnieper and Milograd cultures were found on the territory of the settlement. Up to our times there are powerful ramparts up to two meters high and a moat.


     By 1832, the village belonged to the Shepelitz estate of the Ovruch Basilian monastery.

     In 1887, 480 people lived in the village, 1900 - 631 people, there was a literacy school.


     Before the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, 1,233 people lived in the village. Residents were resettled to the village Nedra in Baryshevsky district of Kiev region. The village was completely evicted due to severe radiation pollution and officially removed from the register in 1999.


     Now on the way from Chernobyl to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, passing by the village, there is a checkpoint "Leliv" at the entrance to the 10-kilometer Exclusion Zone.


     After the accident, a biological repository was made on the territory of the village, where all the pets and livestock that had been shot were taken and buried.


     Also, a couple of kilometers north of the Leliv village, in a beautiful pine grove, is the recreation center "Emerald". Before the accident, both families of military personnel from the garrison of the secret town of Chernobyl-2, who lived nearby, and the personnel of the nuclear power station rested. On the territory of the base there are about a hundred wooden summer houses, which are almost all painted under the scenarios of various cartoons or fairy-tale characters. For example, “The Lion and the Turtle” from the popular children's song “I am in the sunshine”, “The Wolf and the Hare” from the cartoon “Well, wait a minute”, “The Cat Leopold”, “Fairy gnomes”, etc. Interestingly, in the game "Stalker", "Emerald" served as a prototype of one of the locations, so fans of this game, be sure to check out this object.



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


     The state of preservation of the village is quite good, by the way, there is a justification for this, because the “Leliv” checkpoint is located nearby, where police officers are on duty. The village has preserved the premises of the canteen, hospital, shop, post office, library, school. In some houses you can see the remains of furniture and household items of former residents. And it is quite sad,it's possible to understand here easier that people were leaving in rush,for short period of time, because they were told that the evacuation was temporary. Since 1986, 83 settlements have been evacuated, 115 thousand residents of the Polesia region were forced to look for new homes in the open spaces of the country. Today, the state of any buildings is almost not different from each other. Over time, some residents returned for property, those things they did not take- were stolen by marauders.


     The CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE team will be able to convey the atmosphere you expect from a trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat. In memory of the restricted area, you can purchase souvenirs from us. You can use the rental service of the dosimeter, which will inform about the radiation in the area where you are. Book a tour to Chernobyl and Pripyat right now, and soon you will be able to visit the territory, where the time  stopped at April 26

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