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(Crappy Commie Architecture) An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria
IO9 ^ | Apr 6, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar

Posted on 04/07/2012 10:31:30 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria

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Remember those derelict Bulgarian war memorials that resemble space fortresses? Well, it turns out they're just as otherworldly inside. Here's one intrepid urban explorer's journey into the shadowy corridors of the shuttered Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna, Bulgaria. It's also a case study on why you never tour old Soviet monuments alone.

In its Communist heyday, the "Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship" contained an eternal flame, a bomb shelter, and a tourism center. Loudspeakers would also blast Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 on constant loop.

The center opened in 1978 and was later left to crumble after Bulgarian Communism fell in late 1989. And when Darmon Richter traveled out to this ominous concrete-and-iron memorial 21 years later, he found the brick barricades broken...and the pitch-black hallways ripe for wandering:

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The darkness is absolute, and at times suffocating – many thousands of tonnes of concrete stand between you and the light of day. Not only that, but even the slightest sound can create long echoes inside this cubist warren of tunnels and stairwells. It wasn't just my own footsteps that were haunting me; the surrounding park is a popular haunt for stray dogs, and every howl from outside would become trapped inside the monument, distorting as it followed me from room to room [...] Many locals I had spoken to refused to come up this way without a can of mace.

Richter didn't encounter any dogs, but he did find the old bookstore filled with many piles of fresh excrement. Upon discovering that, things became very weird very quickly:

Tentatively rounding the last corner I came into a well-lit chamber, with narrow windows spaced evenly along one side [...] This was in fact somebody's home. The same somebody who had been defecating in the bookshop, and who probably knew every corner and crevice of the darkened spaces within the monument.

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It was at that point that Richter got the hell out of there. You can read his full account at The Bohemian Blog, which details other strange abandoned spots in Bulgaria.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Society; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: architecture; ashheapofhistory; brutalist; bulgaria; coldwar; commies; communism; communismkills; communist; crappyart; ironcurtain; modernruins; propaganda; socialism; socialrealism; soviet; surrealism; totalitarian; totalitariantombs; urbanblight; urbandecay; ussr; varna
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Pictures, Images and Photos This Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna is eerily similar to a more recent crappy communist inspired sculpture that was unveiled in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
1 posted on 04/07/2012 10:31:35 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More at: Urban Exploration | Soviet Propaganda Centre, Bulgaria

http://bohemian-blog.blogspot.com/2012/04/urban-exploration-soviet-propaganda.html


2 posted on 04/07/2012 10:32:39 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Reminds me of the original DOOM labyrinth


3 posted on 04/07/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: DogByte6RER

It looks like most of New York State’s government architecture of the same period. Of course, the reasons are obvious.


4 posted on 04/07/2012 10:37:37 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Ah yes, Bobba Fett's famous Martin Luther King Jr in Carbonite.
5 posted on 04/07/2012 10:42:55 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DogByte6RER

That’s exactly what came to my mind too!


6 posted on 04/07/2012 10:58:56 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: DogByte6RER

If you want creepy, go to the Zepplin Field outside Nuremberg Germany.

It’s the field where Hitler held his rallies in the 1930’s which was used to recruit for the Nazi party. A quarter million young men crowded in there.

Now, it’s largely left to decay. Not much graffiti, but lots of weeds in the crevices. It’s left as a western visitor curiosity. The Germans have built around it, shopping centers, fitness centers, fair grounds, model car racing, rowing on the lakes. They do not go to the field.

There were only a dozen of us in this vast space. Some of which would go to the podium with an outstretched right arm. Sick, but moving.


7 posted on 04/07/2012 11:08:34 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: DogByte6RER

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.
- Percy Shelley


8 posted on 04/07/2012 11:08:52 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Social Realism — for people who don’t like actual realism.

Thanks DogByte6RER.


9 posted on 04/07/2012 11:31:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: DogByte6RER
Communist goal #23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
10 posted on 04/07/2012 11:32:34 AM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Gil4
Barack and Saul Alinsky’s vision for Amerika.
11 posted on 04/07/2012 11:45:53 AM PDT by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: Gil4

Spot on.

This monstrous Bulgarian monument should be a blueprint for the future Barack Hussein Obama Presidential Library.


12 posted on 04/07/2012 11:49:50 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Blueprint? If it’s for sale, I say we buy it for our dear President and start moving books and files over there now.


13 posted on 04/07/2012 2:51:56 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Dixie Yooper
If it’s for sale, I say we buy it for our dear President and start moving books and files over there now.

But first, somebody's going to have to move those existing piles of excrement out of the bookstore to make room for all the new piles of excrement.

Mr. niteowl77

14 posted on 04/08/2012 7:27:16 AM PDT by niteowl77 (There is not enough sound material to save, so let it burn.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Very cool. I love this kind of thing. Thanks for posting.


15 posted on 04/08/2012 7:29:56 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: DogByte6RER
A definite Planet Of The Apes feel to all that.

For all their love of gray concrete, you'd think the Soviets would have been better at making and using it. That thing is crumbling but isn't all that old.

There are old abandoned military structures in Northern California dotting the coastline, from the Marin Headlands on down to almost Santa Cruz, that have a similar feel, sans the heroic ornamentation. There's one at a curve on highway 1, out on the top of a palisade looking out toward the Pacific, that is particularly striking and sort of ominous, particularly in late morning when the sun's just popping through and the marine layer of fog is receding out to sea.

16 posted on 04/08/2012 7:53:51 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Devil’s Slide Lookout, I couldn’t find one in receding fog.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/upshift/4499111586/


17 posted on 04/08/2012 8:06:52 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: niteowl77
But first, somebody's going to have to move those existing piles of excrement out of the bookstore to make room for all the new piles of excrement.

The existing piles of excrement will go nicely with the historic furniture from the historic Chicago house. A tack room will be needed for hanging all the historic boob-belts.

18 posted on 04/08/2012 8:49:44 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Dixie Yooper
A tack room will be needed for hanging all the historic boob-belts.

LOL Freepers are the funniest!

19 posted on 04/13/2012 11:07:23 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
It looks like it was once interesting, functional and reasonable. The commie stuff only reflects the dull, awkward, ugliness of the pathetic commie soul.
20 posted on 04/13/2012 11:21:03 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Bellflower

It looks so odd and slightly otherworldly because the entire structure was once underground. The surrounding hillside was graded away decades ago, by a developer who had hoped to build a restaurant upon the site. Development was halted by environmentalists, as was any further activity upon the site. So, there it sits in all its strange glory. You can’t even walk out there now. The footpath showing in that photo is grown over with iceplant now.


21 posted on 04/14/2012 6:21:06 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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