The Dark Buzludzha Monument
Perched on a historic hillside close to Kazanlak, Buzludzha looks like a flying saucer, just arrived from Outer Space. Built by the Bulgarian Communist Party to celebrate communism in the 1970s, the imposing monument has stood empty since 1989, abandoned following the regime’s dramatic fall from power.
In the decades that have passed, Buzludzha has been vandalised and allowed to fall into disrepair. Crumbling and cold, it makes for a haunting place to visit.
Located in the scenic Central Balkan Mountains, the site was once a battleground, where Bulgarian rebels fought the forces of the Ottoman Empire. It is a place rich in historic significance — a fact that just adds to the dark mood that prevails here.
Efforts are at last being made to preserve the decaying monument, with guards posted to keep the vandals at bay. It’s no longer possible to set foot inside as a result, yet even from the exterior, bleak Buzludzha is bound to give you goosebumps.