Without doubt Bulgaria’s wonderful scenic country has many hidden gems. Buzludzha monument, is not so hidden. It can be seen from more than 100 kms away as it sits on top of the high ridges of the Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains) near to the Shipka Pass.
Buzludzha Bulgaria’s Communist Party Headquarters
Sitting on top of Buzludzha peak at an altitude of 1441 m looking like some imposing alien spacecraft, sits this fantastic monument. Moreover it was built as a tribute to the creation of the Bulgarian socialist movement formed in 1891.
To celebrate these historical events, consequently the government in power during the height of Soviet influence decided to erect a monument commemorating socialist communism.
Eventually work began in 1974. Overall it took seven years and 6,000 workers to build it. (mostly paid for by the Bulgarian people)
Indeed, many famous Bulgarian painters and sculptors of the time helped to create the beautiful mosaics which adorned the walls.
Large images of Lenin and Marx looked over the arena built for the purpose of state functions and celebrations.
At the present time the main entrance is sealed and therefore closed to public. Furthermore a security guard is on hand to stop people from entering the building via ‘other means’
Most of the artwork has been looted or destroyed inside the building But the concrete structure still stands against the elements.
Buzludzha Tours from Sofia
Outside the main entrance of the Buzludzha monument was a graffiti slogan which read
‘Never Forget Your Past’
Likewise many other graffiti artists have left there mark too on Buzludzha which is the largest ideological monument in Bulgaria.
Guéorguy Stoilov the architect, when visiting his now derelict creation and upon seeing the graffiti around the building quipped,
‘At least someone is adding to the structure rather than taking away’.
The Future for Bulgaria’s Flying Saucer?
Meanwhile a new project aims to restore and protect the Buzludzha Monument. By and large stripping the saucer of its former political ideology leaving Bulgaria a unique world heritage site to amaze and educate many generations to come.
A MUseum for Education
Buzludzha Monument is a unique structure in terms of its history, architecture and art.
People from all over the world travel to see this decaying, crumbling and looted monument. Gazing with a sense of wonder, awe and bewilderment tend to leave with more unanswered questions than when they arrive.
Preserved in the form of a museum, Buzludzha will provide answers to all of those questions.
The Buzludzha Memorial House was built to celebrate the Bulgarian Communist Party – and so any painstaking, loving recreation of the monument in its original form could give the impression of celebrating those same ideologies. We don’t want to do that. But neither will this project adapt or repurpose the monument, forgetting or disguising its original intention.Buzludzha project
What we want is to preserve this unique work of architecture, while offering a critical and objective explanation of its history and purpose. We believe that traumatic history should never be forgotten… but instead be remembered, explained, discussed, and used as a basis for further education.Buzludzha Project