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Buzludzha, Kazanluk

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Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria and is 1441m 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.The Buzludzha Monument on the peak was built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement with the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. No longer maintained by the Bulgarian government, it has fallen into disuse. The building exemplifies the brutalist architectural style common to many state constructed communist buildings. The Architect was Guéorguy Stoilov.The monument was built at a cost of 14,186,000 leva.Buzludzha can be reached by two side roads from the Shipka Pass: either a 16km road from Kazanlak or a 12km road coming north from Gabrovo.Now the monument is abandoned and vandalised. As the roof of the building is heavily damaged, the main entrance of the building has been closed to the public.
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  • I visited this place many times as it is very high and the view is super. the building was used for the ceremonies of the politicians and the people in the soviet days. it is ruined inside but you can...  more »
  • We visited this country especially for this building, and it did not disappoint. Amazing views. Despite the impact of the weather and vandals its architectural excellence is still prevalent. The mosai...  more »
  • We visited Buzludzha on 07/12/2016.The monument is sealed, there is an option to enter but it is risky because the roof is falling apart as well other parts of the structure and I can add it is agains...  more »
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  • Great symbol of the communistic stone age. Only a communist could put a flying saucer on the top of the mountain. If you want to get a feeling of that past gone for good - go visit these monumental ruins
  • Wonderful brutalist monument from the Communist era. Spectacular views out onto the Southern plains. Well worth the trip over the neglected roads for a visit.
  • This building is one of my all time favorites. It offers a unique time traveling experience, taking you back to the communistic period. Unfortunately, it is officially closed and it's not meant to be entered. The shape of the monument is really bad, with serious damage due partly to vandalism and partly to time and lack of restoration. It is nonetheless worthy of a visit. The view is amazing, especially on a sunny day and if you just position yourself in the center and close your eyes, you can picture yourself in the middle of a key event taking place among the most influential communists of the time... I highly recommend, but please, please, take good care of this relic of time... PS: the condition of the building is worse than what's shown in the pictures, unfortunately
  • Interesting monument on top of the hill. Be sure to check if there is no comunist celebration planned for the day you want to visit Buzludzha, then you might have a chance to even get in ;) If you're going by car, take the southern road, it's much better and faster.
  • An amazing place! Utterly sorry that future generations won't be able to see that beauty. If you have the chance to visit that monument, do not hesitate for a moment. It is just incredible! I hope it will be restored soon.