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Published: November 1st 2017
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
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
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
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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