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Meanwhile… in Bulgaria January Somehow, their silent decaying facades offer the perfect blank canvas for an introverted imagination like mine… literally allowing me to conjure up vivid images of the past in my present. It has to be said, that when I was younger there were a hell of a lot more interesting derelict buildings around.
The ironic thing is that abandoned buildings feel alive to me. They are involved in a beautiful natural process that the act of preservation will, by its nature, halt and kill.
Of course my opinion is an unfairly idealised and overly romantic one. The argument for preserving old buildings is a very strong one that I wholeheartedly support myself. I knew instantly that I had to go there and see it for myself.
Every day we had a gruelling trek through deep snow to reach the monument. Ownership of the monument was ceded to the state and consequently it was left to ruin. Today, this incredible derelict building stands as an iconic monument to an abandoned ideology.
A terrible snow storm surrounded the monument for the first 4 days we spent on the mountain. During our daily visits to the site, I did not once get to see this fantastic structure from a distance.
Striding towards it through deep powder, it would only emerge from the dense white fog just a matter of metres away. Finally, on the 5th day of our stay the weather began to change. As the weather started to clear up, the monument began to reveal itself It was always my plan to try and fly a microlight over the Balkan mountains to try and get a shot of Buzludzha from the air.
However, on his last day before leaving we decided to risk it even though the weather was still unpredictable. Flying through clouds in a microlight is not a good idea. We were up in the air for a good hour but came back with nothing more than some pretty shots of the tops of the clouds.
My focusing finger went completely numb after just 10 minutes of flying even with my gloves on. Then, at the eleventh hour, I pleaded with the pilot to take me back up and this time we decided to fly in low under the cloud. Needless to say, it was a quick flight… there and back in half and hour with 2 dangerously windy circumnavigations of the monument… probably the scariest 30 minutes of my recent life.
Between the frost bitten fingers and frozen eyelids, I just about managed to get some snaps. Fabricated in Russia, these stars were three times larger than their counterparts at the Kremlin.
The next morning I got up promptly at first light and trekked up to the monument in the most glorious dawn weather possible.
It was as if I had been transported to a completely different place. So calm and serene. Once inside, the deep snow took a bit of navigating… Looking up one of the staircases into the main auditorium. Many of the original mosaics remain intact… … others have disappeared with the souvenir hunters The old gallery area still maintains its phenomenal views of the Balkan mountain range … such a magnificent spot for this beautiful building… Buzludzha… If Blofeld was a real person… he would definitely live here.
In Septemberthe Bulgarian cabinet transferred ownership of the monument to the Bulgarian Socialist party. They have still not come to an agreement about what to do with it. To date, every year at the end of July,Bulgarian Socialists still congregate at Buzludzha to mark the founding of the Bulgarian Social-Democratic Party.
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Forget Your Past Buzludzha, Bulgaria. Meanwhile in Bulgaria. January Over the years I’ve visited my fair share of abandoned buildings. They’ve always held a very strong attraction for me. We took to the roads from Los Angeles to Las Vegas last weekend to witness 40+ teams take on the harsh task of running a miles relay race through some of the most intense terrain in the country.