Abandoned places: Pripyat Hospital, Chernobyl

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Trees have started to grow in front of the hospital’s entrance. The radiation has damaged their sense of orientation, leaving them to grow crooked in all directions. [Timm Suess]

Inside Chernobyl’s Abandoned Hospital – Timm Suess – The Atlantic: “A once-modern facility after 27 years of nuclear contamination and neglect Around midnight on March 26, 1986, the engineers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant initiated a test of reactor number 4. The test went wrong and resulted in one of the most devastating nuclear accidents in history, leaving the area a contaminated exclusion zone. In the middle of that zone lies the city of Pripyat, home to 50,000 citizens, it was a modern symbol of progress until the accident. It had schools, public sporting grounds, shops, a cultural center, and a large hospital. Consisting of an inpatient building, three clinics, and a lab building, it had a capacity of 400 patients. Many of them were treated there for radiation sickness until the evacuation of the city.”

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Unwashed mattresses next to an autoclave. [Timm Suess]

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One of the long hospital corridors. The higher the floor, the more desolate the state. [Timm Suess]

See more photos… 

Watch video via Chernobyl Journal (video #5) – in and around the Pripyat hospital area. Read the journal on http://timmsuess.com/chernobyl-journal:

Abandoned places Saturday: The Hotel del Salto, Tequendama Falls, Bogotá River, Colombia

via: wilwheaton 

Many times there are images that come across my Tumblr feed that I want to post here, but I first try to find the actual photographer or, failing that, I try to find out some background on the image. Here’s what I found on the images above:

From the website Eyes On Colombia, is this post: Tequendama Falls & The Haunted Hotel: “In 1924, the then-luxurious Hotel (Refugio d)el Salto was inaugurated on the cliff facing the waterfall but due to contamination of the river water, believed to be a result of the popular locale, it was closed in the early 90′s. There has been talk of reopening it and restoring it to its former glory (but as a museum or even a police station) which might help rid the place of its apparent ghosts. They are said to haunt the hotel and according to the caretaker, are believed to be from the old days when bar fights on the second story would end up on its balcony, sometimes resulting in a drunk patron losing more than the fight.”

(Photo: Flikr CAUT©)

See more Flickr photographs here…

Tequendama Falls – Wikipedia: [Google translated] “The Tequendama jump is a natural waterfall of Colombia , located in the province of Tequendama in the Department of Cundinamarca . It is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Bogota… [...] In 1897 he opened the first hydroelectric Colombia whose name is The Charquito using the Bogota River water before the jump. By 1928 opens “The Hotel del Salto” a luxury accommodation next to the drop, which shows the great interest represented by then. In 1940 work began on the dam reservoir Muña that the river in the municipality of Bogotá Sibate, with the large and disorderly growth of the capital Bogota River and its tributaries were contaminated. The whole of the hydroelectric dam Charquito and Muna, made the leap lost much of its flow more serious water pollution, caused the jump Tequendama lost much of its attraction, leading to closure of the luxury accommodation which is currently abandoned.Still, many tend to stop Bogota next hop ears Tequendama to eat meat skewers grilled or offered by some locals and admire the stunning landscape that recount Humboldt.”

From wikimedia.org:
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It doesn’t look as brooding from the front, with all the tourists, does it? : )