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Posted on 11/14/2012 6:52:58 PM PST by DogByte6RER
The Weirdest Monuments Of The Communist Era That Are Still Standing
After the fall of the Soviet Union, many Communist statues and sculptures were destroyed, while others were moved to statue parks or museums. But many of them remained in the same place for the last 20 years, while the former Soviet areas were transformed into modern countries. Here are thirteen of the most incredible ones. Click to enlarge images below.
1. Lenin's giant head, Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia, Russia
The 42 ton, 25 foot tall head of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is standing in Ulan-Ude. Built in 1970, for the centennial of Lenin's birth.
2. Buzludzha Monument, formerly Yugoslavia, now Bulgaria
The abandoned flying saucer-like Buzludzha Monument is in the middle of Bulgaria, a center of a national park. 150 years ago it was the place of the biggest battle between the Turks and the Bulgarian rebels.
Like the hundreds of other monuments in the former Yugoslavia, it was commisioned by Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and early 1970s.
3. Makedonium (Ilinden Memorial), former Yugoslavia, now Krusevo, Macedonia
The symbol of the town is the memorial of the 1903 Ilinden rebellion. They fought "against the German, Italian and Bulgarian agressors" and won. In honor of the rebellion this monument was constructed in 1972 by Jordan Grabulovski.
4. Mitrovica Memorial, Mitrovica, Kosovo
5. War Memorial, Nikić, Montenegro
6. Monument to the Revolution of the people of Moslavina, Podgarić, Croatia
It is dedicated to the people of Moslavina during WWII. The memorial was designed by Duan Damonja in 1967.
7. Béla Kun Memorial, Memento Park, Budapest, Hungary
Created by Imre Varga in 1986. The Memento Park is one of the weirdest places on Earth. This outdoor museum is full of Communist era public statues which were removed from their original places after the fall of Communism.
8. The Great Patriotic War Memorial (or Mother Motherland Monument), Kiev, Ukraine
Part of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. The whole structure is 102 m tall and the sword is 16 metres long, weighing more than 9 tons. It was built in 1981, designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich.
9. Mound of Glory, near Minsk, Belarus
It's a memorial complex for Soviet soldiers who fought during WWII. It was built on the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus (1944). The architect was O. Stakhovich.
10. Korenica Monument, former Yugoslavia, now Croatia
This abandoned monument near the Croatian-Bosnian border symbolizes "the new freedom" for the Yugoslavian people.
11. The Tsitsernakaberd (Armenian Genocide Memorial), Yerevan, Armenia
Dedicated to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide carried out by the Turks. It was designed by Arthur Tarkhanyan, Sashur Kalasyan and Hovhannes Khachatryan. There is a 44 m high stele and 12 slabs in a circle, representing the 12 lost provinces. In the center there is a 1.5 m high eternal flame, dedicated to the 1.5 million Armenians killed.
12. Weird Soviet-era statue, somewhere in Georgia
These are the most impressive horses ever, but the man driving the chariot doesn't care at all.
13: Weird Lenin Statue, Sukleia, Moldova
Years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the kids smashed the statue's head off. It stayed with a crushed head covered with plastic bag for years, but finally the local Red Party members have pleased a sculptor to restore it. Well, there is something strange now with his head.
Bonus: Saluting Robo-Lenin from Magnitorsk, 1931
In 1924 the Soviets began to erect giant monuments to Lenin, with this characteristic pointing hand and cap. Six years later, in 1930, Magnitorsk got a Lenin statue too, but a really weird one. Unfortunately the Saluting Robot Lenin was destroyed in 1932, so it is no longer standing. The photos were taken by the Life Magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White in 1931.
Double Bonus: The Independence Monument of Turkmenistan
The 850,000 square foot complex has a 91 m high concrete and white marble tower with 27 small, weird looking statues of Turkmen heroes. There are some water fountains, pools, arches and sculptures too, and the Turkmens are building a new one every year.
Elements of all buildings commemorate the independence date of Turkmenistan, 27 October 1991.
As a worthy honorable mention, I would include this piece of cr@p commie designed statue that was recently added to the Washington, D.C. Mall
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correct me if I’m wrong. But isn’t Obama the most obvious work of art still standing?
They should add a note:
Everything in North Korea
Ugly Croatian building
Russian Embassy, Cuba.
The Colossus of Königsberg.
Boston City Hall. Not Communist, but almost.
Quetzalcoatl/Great Big Turd sculpture, San Jose, CA
They left out Hot Plate Harry in Jakarta from the Sukarno era.
The Movie “Brazil” comes to mind.
Thanks! I love to hate modern art and architecture. Brutalism is especially horrifying.
Thanks for great thread.
I swear but ‘Robo-Lenin from Magnitorsk, 1931’ is an escaped Lego minifig!
Actually, it reminds me of the 1984 version of 1984.
I really liked this version, but I haven’t seen it in years, because it reminds me of where I work...
Gilliam’s 1984 is a cult classic and it freaks me out because I see it happening everyday.
“Thanks for great thread.”
Indeed! What PghBaldy said!
John Lennon Park, Havana, Cuba.
Most are bizzare, downright ugly, and commemorate bad things. But that Kiev War memorial is a normal large statue with a sword, and commmorates 2 battles where at least 800,000 died in the Nazi war.
Not really that weird.
The third one looks like those things the Dutch throw in the water to protect causeways and dikes from the waves.
Dude,, thats seriously funny! lol
The Kiev memorial is hardly “crappy”.
“I’m originally from Kiev, and the WWII museum that the mother motherland is standing on is a really awesome museum.
That dome right below her, you can see giant windows in it - it’s really huge, and the walls/ceiling (lol it’s a dome) has the names of all the Soviet people who died in the war.
Well, that’s what i remember...like 6 million of us died, so maybe it’s not all of them...but still, i went there when i was like 10, and i remember it clearly, it’s quite powerful.”
Compare it to real “crap” over here, MLK’s “Chinesed Thug”, Eisenhower’s “Little Kid”, or the Flight 93 “Crescent of Embrace”.
They forgot to mention the Lenin statue in the Fremont district of Seattle.
Looks like the artist could use a lot of help with anatomy; the central figure holding the large tongue depressor looks like it was hit by a truck, allowed to stiffen and was then propped back up in some scrap from a decommissioned factory.
This article screws up some facts. The Buzludzha monument is in Bulgaria. Bulgaria was never part of Yugoslavia.
Been there. The style is called "Socialist Realism" (not kidding). The actual war museum, particularly the interior is very affecting.
There is another memorial in Balaclava in Crimea built on a hill. What you come to realize is that you are standing on a giant mass grave.
Ukraine really took a battering during "The Great Patriotic War."