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Buzludzha, Kazanluk

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
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 No longer maintained by the Bulgarian government, it has fallen into disuse.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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  • This is a very special place and probably the most memorable site I went in this Bulgaria trip. It's a pity that the place is now completely locked and you can't go inside like some people did few mon...  read more »
  • Quite a remarkable place, certainly worth seeing. Conference Hall at the top of the mountains, used just one time to the Communist Party, now ruined, not shared and protected from tourists. You can only watch from the outside-feel overwhelming. You can make fantastic photos.
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  • If you don't mind to add 1 hour to your journey and enjoy panoramic views, this can be a good option. The road that leads up the hill where the Buzludzha is already somewhat degraded after about 30 minutes to rise we reached the top of the mountain. The building is impressive and dominates the vista where. The building is closed to the public and already have clear signs of degradation and vandalism, a shame to be completely abandoned. The view of the skyline is impressive.
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  • 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.
  • 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 souther road, it's much better and faster.
  • 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
  • Built in 1981, the spaceship shaped building was designed as a monument in memory of the first meeting of pre-Bulgarian communist Party taken place here in 1891. Under the big dome, it also functions as a big circular conference hall for Communist Party. However, due to its remote location, it was left disused and poorly maintained, which finally abandoned as a Communist Monster ruin. You can only climb in the building through a broken windows and many parts of the inside of the building is in dilapidated stages, so be careful to walk inside. You can only drive there or join local tour. Hiker hostel in Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo have tour to go to Buzludzha. Highly recommended!
  • Probably one of the most amazing experiences you can have in Bulgaria, it's a shame it's difficult to get in and involves a lot of illegal Climbing They really should restore this as its a monument of a time we will Never have again, it's a real shame to let it rot up
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