The Buzludzha Monument

Buzludzha is a mountain in Bulgaria that has seen a number of historic events. In 1441 the Turks were defeated there and driven from Bulgaria. In 1891 Bulgarian socialists met there clandestinely and organized. In 1981 the ruling Communist Party erected a huge monumental building, memorializing these events and meant to be a meeting space for Bulgarian Communists for centuries to come. Last year, the monument was gifted to the Bulgarian Socialist Party who may restore it if they can find the funds.

Buzludzha grand opening 1981

 The monument has fallen into disrepair. The tonnes of copper that once sheathed its dome have been stripped and the roof is open to the weather.

View of the gallery, 1981 (via kuriositas.com)

Similar view, circa 2000. (via Wikimedia)

This past winter photographer Timothy Allen visited the site. First he had to fight his way through a snowstorm. There are a lot of great photos at Timothy’s website, where all these come from: 

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5 comments on “The Buzludzha Monument

  1. […] Culpepper gives us some background on Buzludzha HERE: Buzludzha is a mountain in Bulgaria that has seen a number of historic events. In 1441 the Turks […]

  2. Ozaer N. says:

    I dont know why, but Im very intrigued by this crumbling monument…it’s a reminder of great empires and how great things come and go in this world…You cant rebuild this, but rather maintain it, so let it stand as a reminder of a peoples history.

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