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    Mystic monuments from the former Yugoslavia

    Mystic Monuments from the former Yugoslavia – Today you will see the long lost monuments that can be found in countries of the former Yugoslavia. Yugoslav state was formed after second world war wh…

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    6. Looks like something from Resident Evil.
    19. Looks like a mini version of Sarumans tower from LOTR.



    Krusevo, Macedonia the best.



    @”Stefan Pesevski” looks like some American fast food restaurant



    +1 Goatse monument in Kadinjaka.



    One mistake,Nikšić is in Montenegro not in Serbia



    Each of these monuments, and many of them, he did some of the academic sculptor. Stylistically it is a sculpture with a given symbolism, been reached at that time a modern way. Niksic certainly not in Serbia, but in the middle of Montenegro.



    Brezovica is Serbia – not Croatia



    Kozara is HUGE …



    Ugly post-modernist “art”. Just another reason to be thankful that Yugoslavia is gone. 



    I used to think this was an exclusively bulgarian disease, what with our “petohuinik” smack dab in the middle of Sofia, but it seems it’s not. Don’t know how I feel about that, exactly.



    To be honest, many of the Yugoslavian communist monstrosities shown here look better than many of their Bulgarian communist counterparts (especially shestokrilia petohuinik, which will hopefully be gone soon). You can notice who was closer to the Soviets and who – not so much.




    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. 



    The only communist monument that is planned and will hopefully be demolished is the six-winged pentapenis in front of the НДК. There are demands also for МОЧА to be demolished, but that seems highly unlikely, considering how even the obvious wreck of the pentapenis is still fiercely defended by some… people. Though I personally think it would be much better to just transform the МОЧА into a memorial for the victims of the communist occupation. It would be ironically satisfying, IMO. The pentapenis, on the other hand, should without a doubt go – it’s not only butt-ugly (yes, we know “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, but the absolutely vast majority of Sofian beholders have detested it since the very first day it was built), but even more importantly, it’s a danger to all passers-by. It started falling apart just four years after its construction, so the “deeply impoverished country” of Bulgaria, as you called it, actually can not afford to *restore* this dangerous wreck (hence why the monument will be demolished, while its plastics will be moved to a museum, or at least that’s the plan; and I’m not even getting into the whole moral debacle about the memorial of the 1st and 6th Sofia divisions). Similar is the situation with the Buzludzha monument – as we saw, even the socialists, who kept demanding to gain custody over the monument in order to repair it, actually did nothing of the sort and now the monument is officially closed for any tourists due to safety concerns (I think they recently even put guards there, after several serious incidents with people who didn’t heed the warnings). Which is a shame, IMO, because there is indeed some minor tourist interest in that derelict building and the monument itself is actually rather good-looking (you don’t get to see a flying saucer made of concrete every day). But the country can’t afford to waste money on restoring it, the БСП apparently has no such intentions either, so we can only hope it won’t crumble with any adventuring tourists inside it…



    I really hope they don’t cut down your pentapenis..

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