HBO series Chernobyl was filmed in a Vilnius neighborhood Fabijoniškės, a district built around the period of the actual Chernobyl catastrophe in the late 1980s. This district was built around the period of the actual Chernobyl catastrophe in the late 1980s. During this Chernobyl Movie Tour you will visit Fabijoniskes as well as other filming sites and learn about soviet life as well as Chernobyl catastrophe.
There were many gossips why Vilnius was chosen as a stage for the HBO series “Chernobyl”. Definitely some of its parts look like Pripyat, but do you know why? The town of Pripyat (‘peaceful atom’), created in the late sixties to service the plant, was built during few decades as the symbol of a friendship between the soviet nations. Most of the Soviet republics had their town districts built by then. That is why the series were shot in Vilnius quarter Fabijoniskes that served as an example of Pripyat. 60 of the 88 days were spent filming in Lithuania recreating the lives of the people in Soviet era.
One of the most-visited museums in Lithuania is an actual KGB prison and still has its KGB cells and torture chambers intact. The original pieces of furniture where prisoners were held were used in the shooting of the series. We will end our tour at the KGB building, so you will be able to visit it on your own (if prefferred).
The soviet style flat visit is available upon request for additional fee.
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Why Vilnius? What was missed in the HBO series?
Overview: A first and natural question – why Vilnius if all took place in Ukraine? There were many gossips why Vilnius was chosen as a stage for the HBO series, definitely some of its parts look like Pripyat, but do you know why? The town of Pripyat (‘peaceful atom’), created in late sixties to service the plant, was built during few decades as the symbol of a friendship between the nations so most of the Soviet republics had their district built there. That is why the series were shot in Vilnius district that served as an example for the part of Pripyat.
Second detail that was missed – The Peace Race, dating back to 1948 and known as the “Tour de France of the East”, was a prestigious cycling event attended by communist bloc states as well as cyclists from the West. It had to start on May 6, 1986 in Kiev and due to the lack of real numbers of radioactivity, sixty-four racing cyclists took the start in Kiev’s October Revolution Square (now known as The Maidan). Some did so under political duress, others of their own free will, and others in near total ignorance. Only 108 kilometers away from the place where four hundred times more radioactive material were released than had been unleashed by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima just few days before.
The cycling federations of Belgium, Britain and Switzerland returned their invitations forthwith, and so too Holland and the USA. Communist Yugoslavia politely declined, and even Ceausescu’s Romania refused to contemplate the idea. Others, however, held firm to the party line. Five of Moscow’s Warsaw Pact allies sent teams, as did socialist Cuba, Syria and Mongolia. Of the western European invitees, only France and Finland sent delegations.
Want to learn more? Join our tour! Or check the regular tour monHBO Chernobyl series filming sites visits in Vilnius here: https://feelzcity.com/st_tour/chernobyl-series-tour-vilnius/. It is every Saturday and Sunday at 10.00 a.m. starting from 39EUR per person.
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