Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: Duga Radar Station
Nobody knew about it at the time, but a secret massive military facility was located just a few kilometers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, hidden in the forest and disguised at the entrance as a children’s summer camp. This was the Duga Radar Station – a huge state-of-the-art jumble of steel and wires that was meant to detect and warn of any ballistic missile launches all around the world at the time of the Cold War between USSR and USA. This was known as an over-the-horizon early warning radar system and was one of the largest and most sophisticated in the world. It’s a ghost-town now, and if you descend into the rooms underground you could see remains of the command centers as well as training centers where Soviet military experts were trained to detect Pershing and Trident launches.