I disagree. At least the ones in Bulgaria usually clearly depict a scene, and can even be quite imposing, like the Alyosha monument in Plovdiv. Even Buzludzha has a certain charming clique and can draw quite a bit of awe from the growing number of tourists it attracts. Meanwhile, the ones in the former Yugoslavia are literally just senselessly contorted shapes, and if you saw it without knowing beforehand what it was supposed to be a monument of, you’d be left scratching your head as to what it means. 

I can’t see how such a deeply impoverished country as Bulgaria can afford to spend money on the demolition of statues while the economy is being bled dry by the massive multi-million man brain drain the country has been facing since the end of socialism. 

Under the Ottomans, for half a millennium, Bulgaria hadn’t tasted wealth, culture or artistic renaissance. Bulgaria has no opera houses, no fortresses or castles, no notable architecture that hadn’t been largely destroyed by the invading Turks. The only distinctive architecture Bulgaria has are these old monuments, some of which have inspired international fascination, gained significant foreign interest and are something that puts Bulgaria on the map for foreign tourists and makes it a subject of intrigue. Their destruction would certainly put a dent in the tourist industry.  Whatever the so-called “feelings” of some members of this generation may be towards these monuments and what they once stood for, the generation that lives without them may regret never having been able to see them with their own eyes. 


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