Lost Years of Socialism – Buzludzha Monument


Original Chinese Language Article By:  http://www.edfljx.com

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

The Buzludzha Monument stands at an altitude of 1141 meters on top of Mount Buzludzha in Bulgaria.  It is an example of Communist-era architecture, and has a unique shape which resembles that of an alien flying saucer.  It was built by the Bulgarian Communist Party to commemorate the construction of socialism. The total height of the entire monument is 107 meters, the highest point being an eternal torch sculpture which symbolizes a tribute to the fallen comrades of the revolution.


Within the memorial’s structure there is a giant mosaic portrait featuring three great pioneers of the Communist Monument – Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin – from its formative glorious era.  This was an important place where the Bulgarian Communist Party government and foreign dignitaries often gathered.  With the turning of the wheel of time, since 1989 Bulgaria is nolonger a Socialist country, and nolonger maintains the Monument.  Although abandoned and not at its best, this Monument is still a remarkable structure to behold.


As the goal of Communism is the pursuit of the perfect society and the perfect man, it is full of futuristic buildings with much symbolism, that have a unique beauty.  Even though the Socialist System nolonger exists in Bulgaria, this Communist Memorial continues to stand on this barren hilltop, and has definitely left its mark on the history of world architecture.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

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