Who would think of building a giant circular pavilion with capacity for thousands of people at the top of a mountain range, over 1,400 meters high? The dreams of grandeur of the Soviets have left thousands of rare monuments scattered throughout the territories that one day formed the hermetic Eastern Bloc. Today we approach one of the most remarkable of them all: Buzludzha.
Something so unique has not stopped firing the imagination of the few visitors who come here. When the snow covers the peaks of the Balkan mountains, this mass of concrete looks like a rebel base in the planet Hoth from the Empire Strikes Back. Also it could be the fortress of the bad guy of any 007 film.
The fact is that this relatively contemporary building (opened in 1981), seems to have its days numbered. The country could restore and use it as a tourist attraction. However, for now only illegal scarp dealers are interested in recovering the metallic framework, leaving the structure at the mercy of the elements:
The decision to build this memorial was made in 1971. The rulers of the country wanted to celebrate the foundation of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, that took place after a secret meeting in these mountains in the late 19th century.