Lost Years of Socialism – Buzludzha Monument

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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.

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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.

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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.

Original Chinese Language Source Article:

http://www.edfljx.com/article-604-1.html

寻找一段遗失的社会主义岁月–Buzludzha纪念碑

Buzludzha纪念碑,矗立于海拔1141米的保加利亚Buzludzha山的山顶上,是一座共产主义建筑,其外形独特,像一艘外星飞碟。是保加利亚共产党为纪念社会主义而建造。整个纪念碑的总高度达到107米,最高处为一个永恒的火炬雕塑象征着向倒下的革命同志致敬.

在纪念堂之中,有一幅巨型的马赛克画像,画像中的三人分别为共产党的伟大先驱–马克思、恩格斯、列宁,在其辉煌的年代里,这是保加利亚共产党政府与外国政要们集会的重要地方。随着历史车轮的转动,保加利亚不再坚持社会主义的道路,自1989年开始也放弃了对纪念堂的维护。这里慢慢的被荒废,但是破败的建筑并未被人遗忘,纪念堂即使是在年久失修的情况下,依然保持着震撼人心的感染力。

正因为共产主义的目标是追求完美的社会和完美的人,它的建筑充满了未来主义与象征主义的色彩,有着独特的美感,即使社会主义制度在保加利亚不再存在了,这座纪念堂还将继续站立在这荒芜的山顶上,并永远在建筑史上留下自己该有的痕迹。

 

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