GalleriesCommunist-era architecture in Bulgaria

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In 2016 I visited Bulgaria to photograph the now often forgotten architecture and monuments of the former communist regime in Bulgaria. I highly recommend Darmon Richter's tours of Bulgaria (and other places!) if you want to experience these amazing building for yourself.

The Bulgarian communist regime built monuments on a truly massive scale, and many of them are quite amazing works of art. Many of the monuments, particularly those that are more bellicose in their celebration of socialism, have been left to go to rack and ruin. Understandable given the memories of pain and conflict the communist era evokes for many people in Bulgaria, but still sad to see such magnificent architecture crumble away.

Hopefully the Bulgarian people will find a way to come to terms with their past and celebrate the architecture and art without feeling that this also celebrates a discredited regime.

Monument of the Soviet Army, Sofia Museum of Socialist Art, Sofia Monument of the Three Generations, Perushtitsa, Plovdiv Province Monument of the Three Generations, Perushtitsa, Plovdiv Province
Monument to Borimechkata, Klisura, Plovdiv Province Arc of Liberty, Beklemeto Pass, Plovdiv Province Monument to the Battle of Balvan, Balvan, Veliko Tarnovo Province Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria, Shumen, Shumen Province
Park-monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship, Varna, Varna Province Park-monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship, Varna, Varna Province Monument to Georgi Benkovski, Koprivshtitsa, Sofia City Province Panteon Spot, Burgas, Burgas Province
Memorial to the Defenders of Stara Zagora, Stara Zagora, Stara Zagora Province ouse-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party (Buzludha Monument), Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party (Buzludha Monument), Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province Monument to the Fallen in the September Uprising, Pazardzhik, Pazardzhik Province