Monday, December 16, 2013

Forget your Past: the Abandoned Mount Buzludzha Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarters

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many ideological monuments and places have fallen into disrepair. Although Lenin's mausoleum remains maintained, and a variety of statues in his honor litter the post-Soviet landscape, there are impressive places that have fallen into complete disrepair. One such is found in Bulgaria, which had formerly been a Soviet satellite state.

The saucer-line monument still looks impressive from afar. Images taken in the days of its use on Mount Buzludzha are even moreso, showing the detailed artistry behind the structure and its otherwordly appearance. 

But now, it exists only as a rotting husk. The government does not maintain the structure, and it remains essentially abandoned -- battered away each year with the elements.

Graffiti on the entrance reads in English, "Forget your past."

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