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The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship was built between 1974 and 1978 on a hill in Varna overlooking the Black Sea. The trees in the park that surrounds the monument were planted to celebrate the bravery of Soviet soldiers. It was designed by architect Kamen Goranov and sculptors Evgeni Barǎmov and Alyosha Kafedzhiyski.


Like other monuments in Bulgaria that loudly and proudly celebrate communism it has been left to fall into rack and ruin, but because it celebrates friendship with Russia, a country with which Bulgaria still has close historical ties, even if the Bulgarian authorities really wanted to demolish it completely, they couldn't without upsetting the Russians.


This is one of Bulgaria's monuments that is much more than that word might lead you to believe. It was a fully functional building that housed an information point, a Soviet propaganda centre and bookshop. And in the hill beneath is an abandoned nuclear bunker.


Although the old main entrance has been bricked over by the authorities, someone had already knocked a hole through said bricks, and a saw the the metal grill that had been placed over said hole!


Inside there are some amazing spaces, and the view from the roof terrace is quite spectacular.

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Taken on October 13, 2016