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Fluxxyyy 23-07-2013 14:23

Road to Buzludzha, Bulgaria 2013
 
Yesterday I got back from my 5th tour of Russia. After earning a bit of cash there, I decided to stop in Bulgaria to visit the mother of all Soviet ruins, the almost legendary Buzludzha. The 2 way 8 hour road trip cost me about 250 Euros from Burgas.

Buzludzha is a colossal, former Soviet congress hall for the Communist Party of Bulgaria. It rests on top of an even more colossal mountain. The path to the top is battered and the climb is torture. Thin air, thick fog and strong winds could make it a pretty perilous place if you don't keep your wits about you.

It's a truly astounding building that should be seen while it lasts. The place is in a really bad way. Poor lighting makes exploring and photography very difficult.

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The peak of Buzludzha from the bottom

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A monument at the foot of the mountain

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About half way up the mountain. The enormous tower to the left of the building contains 2 red stars, made from stained glass. They aren't visible in the fog.

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The fog gets horribly thick near the top

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Buzludzha from the outside

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The thick fog makes photography difficult.

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Dozens of mosaics can be found around the building

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I tried to find a way into the adjacent tower with the red stars. After climbing 13 levels, I found them

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East star

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West star, looking down

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Even more mosaics here!

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2 French explorers died here last October

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Back in the main hall

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That's all for now, a freakin' awesome day with lots of great memories. Cheers for looking.

urban 23-07-2013 17:37

Looks mint. The silhouette shot is sick and love that roof :thumbs

Reddood 23-07-2013 20:10

Awesome..

Morrisey 23-07-2013 23:32

top work fluxxyyy- what else did you get to see in the USSR?

Gibbo 29-07-2013 13:33

Outstanding, been enjoying your FB updates.

NorthMancBeds 30-07-2013 07:30

Really good effort. Thanks for posting. The shots are truly atmospheric. Well in. NMB

glass 18-04-2014 16:51

just amazing


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