Buzludzha the abandoned communist concrete flying saucer from Bulgaria

Buzludzha the abandoned communist concrete flying saucer from Bulgaria

Wow. Stunning. Check this out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastababa/2638838968/in/set-72157594477637452/ (Not my photos, my camera was broken when I was there, alas.) That monument is in Varna, on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. Very much in the same style and of the same era as the flying saucer. Officially, the Varna Liberation Monument (search Flickr for that phrase for more images) was built to commemorate the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottomans by Russian forces in 1877 (someone should fact-check that). Unofficially, it served to remind the Bulgarians who was really in charge of their country in the 1970s: the USSR. The Varna monument, like the flying saucer, is totally trashed inside, there is evidence of serious partying. It contains big meeting rooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, it's huge, and was surely magnificent in its brief heyday. Who knows if it was ever actually used, these kinds of communist buildings are almost totally ceremonial, not functional.


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