Abandoned ‘out of this world’: Bulgaria’s UFO-shaped dome
Kazanluk, Bulgaria - Incredible photographs have captured a Soviet monument that looks like a UFO straight out of a SciFi film.
With a large spaceship-shaped dome and a beaming silhouette from the centre it would be easy to confuse the Buzludzha monument with a scene from the movie Independence Day.
But the attraction near to Kazanluk, Bulgaria, played host to the country’s socialist communist party with its grandiose space, 70 metre tower and striking mosaic artwork.
Construction of the monument began on January 23, 1974 and opened on August 23 , 1981. It cost roughly US$35mn to build.
Mosaics inside the building cover approximately 510sqm of space and are decorated in commemoration of the history of the Bulgarian Communist Party.
The site, which was abandoned in 1989 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, was visited by Bob Thissen from Heerlen, The Netherlands.
After a two-hour mountainous trek through the snow, urban explorer Bob photographed the incredible location saying it looked like a scene from a SciFi film.
The location was once used as the set for Hollywood film Mechanic: Resurrection with Jason Statham.