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Report - Bulgarian SOVIET Friendship Monument Varna Sept 2016

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by pigdog, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. pigdog

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    The monument was originally envisaged in 1958, to celebrate Russia’s defence of Bulgaria during the Russian-Ottoman War of 1828–1829. In 1946 Russia once again offered the country a supporting hand, following Bulgaria’s persecution by Hitler’s forces; a chain of events which saw the rise of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

    The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship was conceived by the local sculptors Evgeni Barǎmov and Alyosha Kafedzhiyski, in collaboration with the great architect Kamen Goranov; it depicts a troop of Russian soldiers coming to the defence of forlorn Bulgarian maidens, with the four figures on either ‘wing’ reaching a height of 11 metres.

    An inscription in the centre once read “Friendship for centuries throughout centuries”.

    The monument was built on the very spot where the Russian forces were stationed while fighting the Ottomans… which later became a mass grave for all those who fell in the fierce battle.


    Construction of the Russian Monument commenced in late 1974, and 27,000 volunteer workers toiled for four years to create both the imposing structure and the 400 square-metre platform on which it stands.

    More than 10,000 tonnes of concrete, and 1000 tonnes of armature iron were used to create the monument, which measures 23 metres tall and 48 wide. A great bronze cube was constructed in front of the monument, burning with an eternal flame until the fall of communism in 1989.

    The 15-metre wide “Staircase of Victors” includes a total of 305 steps up to the monument itself, and in the surrounding park more than 20,000 decorative trees were planted to represent fallen Soviet soldiers.

    A total of 180 floodlights were originally positioned to illuminate the monument at night, so that it would be visible even by ships far out in the Black Sea. Meanwhile, a public address system set up in the park played Symphony № 7 by the iconic Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, on constant repeat. There are tunnels underneath that lead to a fall out shelter but these are sealed ,inside its fucking crazy a maze of passages that lead to odd shape rooms the largest has a large communist star in the far wall . when i used to go Bulgaria in the 80s this place was a place of pilgrimage for the party faithful nowadays going on the amount of empty beer bottles in there its a hang out for the local youths ,solo explore


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