Bulgaria 2017 part V - Monuments: Size does matter


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August 9th 2017
Published: November 1st 2017
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Buzludzha MonumentBuzludzha MonumentBuzludzha Monument

This monument is built on a peak in the Balkan Mountains, a place far away from any populated place at all

Monuments - from supersized to ordinary size





When we travelled in Bulgaria we noticed that they have many monuments. Actually some of their monuments are pretty difficult to avoid to notice simply because they are so darned large. Here in our last blog entry from Bulgaria we are going to write about the Bulgarian monuments.



Buzludzha Monument - This monument is built on a peak in the Balkan Mountains, a place far away from any populated place at all. Although it takes a long time to drive there, don't even think about getting there using public transport, it is still worth the drive because this construction is something special. In the middle of nowhere, high up on a mountain top, there is a big round building, looking very much like a UFO, with a high concrete tower next to it. We estimate that the round section is at least 50 meters in diameter and the tower at least 60 meters high. The Buzludzha Monument could also be used for large meetings because the round building used to hold some kind of conference hall. You can't see that though because the interior of Buzludzha is closed
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In the middle of nowhere, high up on a mountain top there is this really big round building, looking very much like a UFO, with a high concrete tower next to it.
off for security reasons. The construction has not been maintained for decades and is now unsafe to enter. Watching it from the outside is perfectly safe though. Buzludzha looks absolutely surreal and visiting it was one of the highlights of our trip.



Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria - This monument in the city Shumen is also absolutely surreal. It is so large that when you arrive in Shumen you see the monument before you see the city. The monument grows out of a hilltop and is so large that it actually looks like an extra mountain peak. Buzludzha Monument is large and strange, this is even bigger. It is an absolutely massive concrete construction. A rough estimate using our photos gives it the dimensions 50×60×70 meters. You enter it from one side and you walk through it using a narrow pathway which goes through the monument and you emerge on the other side. On each side of the pathway there are cubic style artworks of the original founders of Bulgaria.



Samara Flag Monument - This monument in Stara Zagora is also large but not insanely so. That is if you only consider the
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We estimate that the size of the round section is at least 50 meters in diameter and the tower at least 60 meters high.
main section of the monument. The Samara Flag Monument sits on the top of an elevation. Below it there is a large terrace and below that there are several more terraces. If you count in the terraces as part of the monument it covers the better part of one side of the hill. You won't see the terraces in our photos though because from ground level you couldn't really take any interesting photos of them. But the monument we photographed so you can see that.



Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship - This monument is in the city Varna. Just like monument in Stara Zagora this is large but not insanely so, sits on the top of a hill and terraces and stairs leads from the monument and down one side of the hill. The day we visited this monument it rained a lot. So we basically just parked the car, ran up to the monument, snapped a few photos while frantically trying to keep the cameras and lenses dry and ran back to the car again.



We have also added a bunch of photos of other monuments and statues we came across while we
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Graffiti on the base of the Buzludzha Monument. The monument was built to glorify the Communist Party in case it isn't obvious
were in Bulgaria. Some of them are a bit special but many of them are just your average statue that you could find in any major town or city anywhere really. The reason we put them in the blog is that we think that there is a higher number of monuments and statues per capita in Bulgaria than in most countries we have visited. This is a totally uneducated and non-scientific observation we should add. We just have that feeling partly based on that even small villages could have two or perhaps three statues and/or monuments.



We have now told everything we wanted to say about our vacation in Bulgaria. Hope you have enjoyed our stories and photos.


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Monument to 1300 years of BulgariaMonument to 1300 years of Bulgaria
Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

Look closely at the lower left corner of the monument and you see two people standing there. That gives you an idea of the size of the monument. It is an absolutely massive concrete construction. A rough estimate of the size and we came up with the dimensions 50×60×70 meters.
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Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

Again, look at the people in front to get the size. This monument in the city Shumen is also absolutely surreal. It is so large that when you arrive in Shumen you see the monument before you see the city.
Monument to 1300 years of BulgariaMonument to 1300 years of Bulgaria
Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

You enter it from one side and you walk through it using a narrow pathway which goes through the monument
Monument to 1300 years of BulgariaMonument to 1300 years of Bulgaria
Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

On each side of the pathway there are cubic style artworks of the original founders of Bulgaria.
Samara Flag Monument Samara Flag Monument
Samara Flag Monument

In front of the statues there is a large terrace and below that there are several more terraces. If you include those in the monument the Samara Flag Monument covers the better part of one side of a hill
Samara Flag Monument Samara Flag Monument
Samara Flag Monument

The statues are roughly 10 meters high
Samara Flag Monument Samara Flag Monument
Samara Flag Monument

The tower to the left must be well over 20 meters. This monument is large but not insanely so
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet FriendshipMonument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

Below the monument and below the stairs in the photo there is a large terrace and below that there are several more terraces. If you include those in the monument it covers the better part of one side of a hill
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet FriendshipMonument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

The sides of the monument is covered by statues of women on one side and soldiers on the other
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet FriendshipMonument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

The day we visited this monument it rained a lot so we basically just parked the car, ran up to the monument, snapped a few photos while frantically trying to keep the cameras and lenses dry and ran back to the car again.
Monument in VidinMonument in Vidin
Monument in Vidin

This monument is in a park in Vidin
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Hristo Botev statue

In central Vratsa they have a statue of Hristo Botev
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Pliska

Outside many towns and villages in Bulgaria they have a statue or other monument with the name of the settlement. This one we found outside Pliska
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Zgorigrad

Outside many towns and villages in Bulgaria they have a statue or other monument with the name of the settlement. This one we found outside Zgorigrad


1st November 2017
Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

The communists sure loved their cement/concrete LOL
2nd November 2017
Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

They did
You are absolutely right that they loved concrete. /Ake
1st November 2017
Memorial

anniversary of the Russo-Turkish war.
2nd November 2017
Memorial

I'll update the text
Thanks for helping me fill in the gaps in my knowledge. I will update the text of the photo. /Ake
1st November 2017
Along the road

He playing a 'gaida', a bagpipe from the Balkans and Southeast Europe
1st November 2017
Nice moustache dude

This is likely Panayot Hitov, a Bulgarian revolutionary who remembered for his characteristic moustache.[
2nd November 2017

I would love to go there just to see all these monuments!
2nd November 2017

Some were spectacular
Some of those monuments are truly spectacular. /Ake
2nd November 2017

Being curious & a researcher by trade, I enjoy the research. Hope you don't mind.
2nd November 2017

Of course I don't mind
You won't believe how happy it makes me that you read our blog entries and actually find them interesting enough to make comments. I love everybody who makes me happy. Also your comments have on many occations helped me make the blog better. I could use your infomation and improve what I have already created. It is absolutely wonderful that you help me like that. I am a very lucky person to have you and a few other friends who from time to time tell me when I either did not understand something myself or I even got things totally wrong. I owe you a big thanks. I'll buy you a lunch some day for that. /Ake
2nd November 2017

awwwwwwwww geeeeeeeeeee thanks Ake!
2nd November 2017

Monuments
Monumental displays of grand proportions!! Wowee! Is this strong and serious characteristic reflected in the people that you met? Thanks for sharing this blog! Sheri
4th November 2017
Buzludzha Monument

Photograph
Hello- I really liked your photograph'Enjoy Communism' is there any way that you can send me a copy of it to my email, and can I get your permission to post it on my Facebook page? I think that it is really cool, the way it is done.
5th November 2017
Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

Love it
There is something about bold lines and angles in architecture Ake...grabs whether one likes them or not. I for one love the drama in your images in this blog.
5th November 2017
Monument to 1300 years of Bulgaria

Thanks
I did get some help from the sun and the clouds to make this photo pretty good. I got lucky there. /Ake
6th November 2017
Buzludzha Monument

Mountains of monuments
You've done a great job show casing the monuments of Bulgaria.
6th November 2017
Buzludzha Monument

Thanks
Thanks /Ake
6th November 2017

Fascinating Monuments!
They remind me a lot of some of the monuments I saw in Lithuania. The communists really where big on the massive concrete monuments and cubic art styles! Very interesting read as always, I've enjoyed your series from Bulgaria a lot and I look forward to seeing where your travels take you next!
6th November 2017

Thanks
That tells me that I should make a road trip in Lithuania soon. :-) /Ake

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