Aban­doned ‘out of this world’: Bul­garia’s UFO-shaped dome

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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