Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria and is 1432m high. In 1868 it was the place of the final battle between Bulgarian rebels led by Hadji Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha and the Ottoman Empire.Use our Kazanlak journey planner to arrange your visit to Buzludzha and other attractions in Kazanlak.
The House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party was built on the peak by the Bulgarian communist regime. It commemorated the events of 1891, when a group of socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement that led to the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party.
Construction of the monument began on 23 January 1974 under architect Georgi Stoilov, a former mayor of Sofia and co-founder of the Union of Architects in Bulgaria. TNT was used to level the mountain peak into a stable foundation, reducing the mountain's height from 1441m to 1432m.More than 15,000 cubic metres of rock were destroyed in the process. The monument was built at a cost of 14,186,000 leva, which by today's rates is roughly equivalent to $35 million.
Inside the building, mosaics that cover approximately 510 square meters of space, are decorated in commemoration of the history of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The mosaics inside were built with 35 tons of cobalt glass, however today 20% of them have been destroyed due to age and vandals. As for the outer ring of the monument, the mosaics were built with natural stones gathered from various rivers across Bulgaria. These mosaics have also mostly vanished, and at a greater 50% due to natural causes. The final mosaic within the building was the communist hammer and sickle encircled by a quote from The Communist Manifesto stating, "Proletarians of all countries, unite!"
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Tours to Buzludzha
$177 BOOK WITH VIATOR Day Trip to Bulgaria - Buzludzha Monument, Veliko Tarnovo, Shipka Monument
Duration: 12 hours
$117 BOOK WITH VIATOR Symbol of the Communism Buzludzha monument and the Rose valley
Duration: 10 hours
$152 BOOK WITH VIATOR Visit the Cultural Capital of Europe and Buzludzha on Motorcycle 2 Days Tour
Duration: 2 days
$108 BOOK WITH VIATOR Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley Guided Day Tour
Duration: 10 to 11 hours
$165 BOOK WITH VIATOR Bulgaria: Buzludzha Monument, Tsarevets Fortress and Veliko Tarnavo
Duration: 14 hours
$22 BOOK WITH VIATOR Shipka Church & Monument + Buzludzha Spaceship Self-Guided
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
$89 BOOK WITH VIATOR Buzludzha, Shipka Monument of Freedom, Shipka Memorial Church & Golyama Kosmatka
Duration: 7 hours
Unfortunately completely closed (even the more clandestine routes you might find online) yet still impressive to see. Route to the monument is best coming from the south (good road), yet route from..... more »
This was a cool, cool place to visit. The exterior is intact but everything within the interior has been destroyed or stollen (also it is locked so people can no longer enter). I wish I had gone to..... more »
Ever since I'd first seen pictures of this place I'd been wanting to go there. There's just something about this place.... The location of it, the history, the way it's been left abandoned... It... more »
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