The village Martynovichi

Abandoned village of Chornobyl area

     Martynovichi is an abandoned village located in the 30 km Exclusion Zone, 21 km to the south-west from the former district center, city of Chernobyl.


     Martynovichi village is known from the XV century. The first written mention is dated 1498.

     The village belonged to the Stetskikh family. In 1832, because of the participation of the      Stetskys in the Polish uprising, the village was transferred to the state ownership.

     The village was quite large, both in ancient times and before the Chernobyl disaster.

     In the 1860s there were 780 inhabitants in Martynovichi, in 1886 this number reached about 1,250 inhabitants.


     There was a church in the village. When it was built is unknown. According to the beliefs of old-timers in 1758, this church was located in the village for about a hundred years. Based on this, it can be assumed that the first wooden church in Martynovichi was built in the 1650s. In 1758, a new church was built, which burned down in 1776. Instead of burnt down, in 1778 another wooden church was built. In the 1850s, the school of the Ministry of Public Education was founded by the church, where writing was taught. Instead of the old church, in 1904, a new wooden church of St. George was built. The main shrine of the temple was the Iveron Icon of the God's Mother.To the parish of the church belonged the village of Vilshanka, Dibrova, Mlyny. The church was destroyed during the Soviet era.


     In the 1920s, in the village operated the experimental station of the Cabinet of Anthropology and Ethnology of F. Vovk.


     A high school, a club, two libraries, shops functioned in the village, and also there the central estate of the Rodina collective farm was located.


     Before the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, 1,672 people lived in the village. The village was not part of the zone of compulsory resettlement, but some of the residents still went to different parts of the country. The remaining people were decided to be relocated to a new settlement - Novy Martynovichi in Pyriatyn district of Poltava region.


     Officially, the village was deregistered in 1999, due to the lack of residents.


     Now the village is completely looted, as it is located on the outskirts of the perimeter of the Exclusion Zone, the buildings are in disrepair.



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

     The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a museum of the Soviet era, frozen in time. This area is simply overgrown with myths, legends, stories about mutants and zombies. The company CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE organizes regular trips to the restricted area for both day trips and two-day tours. Our tourist routes around the Chernobyl Zone are legal and safe.


     Since 1986, more than 80 settlements have been evacuated on the territory of Kiev and Zhytomyr regions, this territory will be called the Zone of Alienation, since life on this area will be impossible for at least another two thousand years. The Polissya Territory is very rich in history. The CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE team will not only tell you the facts about the restricted area, but also show the most interesting locations and objects. You can explore the Jupiter plant in Pripyat, explore the unfinished 5th power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, visit recreation centers, pioneer camps, see the liquidators' equipment, you can go deep into the forests to the once-secret military facility Chernobyl-2 (Duga-1). Everything will depend on your wishes, and what format of excursion you would choose.

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