March 17, 2012
Go immediately and see Timothy Allen's extraordinary photographs of the Buzludha monument, a decaying communist-era modernist edifice stranded on a mountaintop in Bulgaria's Balkan Range:
Buzludha is Bulgaria’s largest ideological monument to Communism. Designed by architect Guéorguy Stoilov, more than 6000 workers were involved in its 7 year construction including 20 leading Bulgarian artists who worked for 18 months on the interior decoration...Via a Ben Goldacre tviit.
Buried in the monument’s concrete structure, is a time capsule containing a message for future generations explaining the significance of the building.
In 1989, Bulgaria’s bloodless revolution ended with the disbandment of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Ownership of the monument was ceded to the state and consequently it was left to ruin.