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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 No longer maintained by the Bulgarian government, it has fallen into disuse.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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  • It was one of my must-see in Bulgaria, because he had me cast the eye. The way there is a hell, with a literally broken asphalt and snow on its final stage (spring), but totally worth. It is an impressive landmark, an abandoned place that puts the willies while it excites the imagination. At the end you can not enter :(which made me special pleasure, but not at the expense of judge me type... the only entry that I saw that comment by Internet required to almost caving XD, the rest all sealed. In spite of that was me happy, since it is impressive.
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  • Visiting the monument was exhilarating. I was disappointed that I could not get inside. Entering may be possible, but it would be dangerous.  more »
  • The monument not found, statement: we were together in Bulgaria, came on the last day of Sofia hire car to the mountain on which the Buzludzha should stand. 3 hour ride, arrived on the mountain and saw already... Oh jeee, a fat cloud hangs at the top of the mountain. On the winding road up yet fun made that we could not see it due to the fog, 5 minutes later we looked stupid out of the window after a winter wonderland increasingly developed into a permanent car stuck half disaster. By luck a-based Bulgarian had helped us to get off the car and we turned back for 100 meter, so that the car is safely parked. With courage and naivete, and sneaker and sneakers we went the faith behind the monument for us would be to achieve. We followed tracks in the snow here since this was now 30cm high. Arriving at the top, we saw nothing but snow and fog. We came across the field to the monument in any case we believed that. We are looking for an hour in windy, freezing cold and wet legs through knee-high snow, as well as the fear that we no longer find the way back, because the wind blown our footprints, turned to. I can recommend everyone to seek the monument unless you have winter equipment in such conditions.
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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.