Mount Buzludzha: UFOs and Bulgarian Heroes

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Bulgaria Mount Buzludzha: UFOs and Bulgarian Heroes: Mount Buzludzha: UFOs and Bulgarian Heroes Photo by BGNES

Now here is something you don't see very often. On top of Mount Buzludzha there resides a concrete, UFO-like structure. It was there that in 1891 the foundations of the Socialist Movement in Bulgaria were laid. The monument erected at the site and unveiled in 1981 on the occasion of the 1300th anniversary of the founding of the Bulgarian state is actually shaped as a UFO; why is another question altogether, but it has a 70 meter concrete pillar next to it.

Buried in the ground beneath the monument is a capsule containing a message for the future. However, as it was a vestige of the communist regime the monument has sunk into oblivion and has fallen prey to graffiti and anti-communist slogans. Actually I have to say it is simply awe inspiring in construction terms and the view from beside the structures is one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria.

Not far away is the stone statue of Hadzhi Dimitar, a Bulgarian chieftain who led a detachment of rebels against Ottoman slavery, he died in 1868 at the foot of Mount Buzludzha. His courageous act has served as a source of great artistic inspiration to the great Bulgarian romanticist and poet revolutionary Hristo Botev, who wrote:

"He who falls in the fight for freedom
Does not die; for he is mourned
By earth and sky, wild beast and nature,
And minstrels sing their songs about him....."

Now you will want to get some idea of how to get there. Well first of all, head for the famous Shipka pass in Central Bulgaria. At the top of the pass there is the well known Shipka monument. When you get to its base instead of staying on the road to Kazanluk, swing a left into the National Park.

Continue along this road, keeping the UFO on your left and with a bit of luck you will arrive in two purpose built car parks. Then if you are like me, you start climbing the footpath. This should not be attempted by the feint hearted. Once you reach the top completely knackered and gasping for oxygen, you will discover that a perfectly serviceable unmarked road meanders up the other side of the bl**dy mountain.


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GrueFski - 19 Aug 2015 // 10:20:54

Frozen Temple of Socialism Buzludzha in Bulgaria


Hope it makes it to the UNESCO protected sites list

DP - 5 Apr 2009 // 16:38:53

"They could make lots of money by promoting it to the tourists (after losing another opportunity by bombing Dimitrov's mausoleum)."

Tourists flocking to see mummified Commie? Would they line up and take their kids inside, or would they be served keks and chai on the terrace?

Really, wildthing, you have a macabre sense of fun....tsk,tsk,tsk...

wildthing - 5 Apr 2009 // 16:17:45

Have a better look:

It really looks like an amphitheatre (with a roof) from the inside, and has Bizantine-like gilded mosaics depicting the Bulgarian and the Soviet Holy Trinities - Blagoev-Dimitrov-Zhivkov and Lenin-Stalin-Brezhnev.
They could make lots of money by promoting it to the tourists (after losing another opportunity by bombing Dimitrov's mausoleum).

CJB - 31 Mar 2009 // 14:48:16

"Thats what we do best - to steal. Otherwise what kind of Bulgarian can you be? Only fake Bulgarians dont steal."

Alas, this is only too true. Just about the only Bulgarians that don't steal are living in the West...

NellieotAmerica - 31 Mar 2009 // 14:21:22


"Only fake Bulgarians dont steal."

That's nothing to be proud of. Sram i pozor. Tzu...tzu...tzu...

CreepyS - 31 Mar 2009 // 13:55:39


Thats what we do best - to steal. Otherwise what kind of Bulgarian can you be? Only fake Bulgarians dont steal.

NellieotAmerica - 31 Mar 2009 // 13:46:59


That link you posted states:

"The Futuro house was a product of post-war Finland, reflecting the period's faith in technology, the conquering of space, unprecedented economic growth, and an increase in leisure time. It was designed by Saarinen as a ski cabin that would be quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain.”

Clearly the Bulgarian one was plagiarized from the Finnish one. That Bulgarian schmuck was not the architect, he just stole the design.

CreepyS - 31 Mar 2009 // 12:13:42

I found the architect of the commie ufo is Georgi Stoilov. But unlike most Bulgarians who work in creative professions, he looks like he is both a smart and a creative person. I read he was a mayor of sofia between 67-71 and during his tenure the South park was opened.

Now get this - in 1970 or so he, together with other colleagues proposed to the commie government a general plan for the long term development of Sofia - infrastructure etc. - and it aimed at the time when Sofia would become 2 million people. The dumb commies from the government rejected it as futuristic because they couldnt figure out a 2 million Sofia.

NellieotAmerica - 30 Mar 2009 // 17:14:15


The UFO architect was Eero Saarinen. A Finnish American architect and product designer of the 20th century famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism.

CreepyS - 30 Mar 2009 // 17:04:22

Who is the architect of the UFO? It resembles to nothing that the commies were building at that time.

Actually it resembles to nothing that the Bulgarians usually build and looks like a religious artifact erected by people who believed that this thing will actually attract a real ufo from the space. Not that people didnt do such things before

But our ufo is really big, really abandoned and really in the middle of nowhere so it could not be used for any rational purpose already at the time of its completion. Why dont our commies rent the structure to some scientologists?

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