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Monument of Buzludzha A tribute to the creation of the Bulgarian socialist movement

Monument of Buzludzha

Buzludzha Monument, 5005, 6140, Bulgaria
ARCHITECTS NAME: Guéorguy Stoilov


  • SPACE TYPE: Monument, Propaganda place


Tags: Bulgaria, istitutional/ politic, monument, Totally Lost 2013, Totally Lost 2015

The monument is located on Mount Buzludzha, in Stara Zagora Province. It is the biggest ideological building in Bulgaria and was built as a tribute to the creation of the Bulgarian socialist movement in 1981. Several access roads were built (today in a really bad shape) from Shipka and from the main road Stara Zagora – Roussée.

The construction of Buzludzha was made possible thanks to government funds and supporters’ donations for an amount of around 14 186 000 leva (around 7 000 000 €). The site was built by civil engineering troops from the Bulgarian army and volunteers. The master builder was General Delcho Delchev who was in charge of the Stara Zagora civil engineering section. The author of this project was the architect Guéorguy Stoilov. Several famous painters and sculptors have participated to the decoration.

Ever since the superseeding of Bulgarian president Todor Givkovand and the political changes that occurred in Bulgaria since 1989, the state of the monument has been worsening portraits of Ludmila and Todor Givkov have been destroyed. The copper adornments have been stolen. The building is slowly disintegrating; marauders are consistently breaking windows and stealing mosaics and ornaments. Nowadays, the monument is abandoned and no public institution seems to be concerned by the conservation of renovation of the building.

The Bulgarian socialist party itself is not taking any action towards the maintenance of its most important symbol. The big star has been perforated by gunshots because it was thought to be made out of ruby. As of 2012, it seems all the access doors have been cemented.


We usually see pictures of the unbelievably dramatic Buzludzha flying saucer in glorious sunlight or covered in a thick layer of snow.

I happened to be there last august after days of bad weather and the top of the mountain, including the monument, was wrapped in heavy clouds. Inside the floor was flooded from the day before’s heavy thunderstorm and water was dripping from all over the roof, echoing in the eerie belly of the Leviathan.

Text by Sergio Deggiovanni

Video Information:

Official video for Crcv – Bad Case
Directed by Stephane Benini

Camera operators:
Fredrik Jönsson
Pif Larash
Stephane Benini
Julian Benini

Ilko Iliev
Jorku Dee
Denis Botev
Antoan Arabajiiski
Kostadin Kostadinov

Shot at Buzludzha in Bulgaria.
An amazing trip, in an ababdonned momument in Bulgaria.
I tried to join my passion for architecture, parkour and travelling.

Text by Stephane Benini

CONTRIBUTOR: Ionut Ambrosie, Kamren Barlow, Stephane Benini, Eleonora Castagnozzi, Sergio Deggiovanni, Peter Franc, Yves Lemay Lachance, Antony Meadly and Reginald Van de Velde