1 Buzludzha Monument
Located on a historical peak in central Bulgaria, the Buzludzha Monument is one of the most fascinating examples of communist architecture. The structure opened in 1981, commemorating the events of 1891, when the Bulgarian socialist movement was created. The latter was lead by Dimitar Blagoev, whose gigantic statue is located by the exit road. Looking from the outside, the Monument resembles a giant concrete flying saucer, but on the inside, the situation is much bleaker. Namely, the structure was abandoned in 1989, after the political changes in Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It had been in use for just 15 years, as a home for high government officials and their celebrations.
Nowadays, due to negligence and vandalism, the interior of the Buzludzha Monument has an eerie, post-apocalyptic atmosphere, especially the inside of the domed hall. There we can still see the hammer and sickle gracing the ceiling, together with the famous motto “Workers of the world, unite!”. The dilapidated interior also features the mosaics of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Lenin. While the building is officially closed to public, people have found ways to enter the structure, and document the sad state the structure has fallen into since 1989.