Buzludzha National Park is situated right in the middle of Bulgaria at the heart of its rose growing area. Yet, when one arrives at the Shipka Pass, something unexpected awaits them. It's as if a huge flying saucer landed here, in the Balkan Mountains, and was abandoned by its owners.
But it's not a flying saucer. In reality, it's a once-beautiful, very unusual, 30-year-old monument that was opened in 1981 on the 1300th anniversary of the founding of the state of Bulgaria. It was, however, abruptly abandoned less than twenty years later after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. It's been left to ruin ever since.
Architecturally, it's a beautiful building -- even in ruins. Take a moment and click on over to the Buzludzha Monument
article on Kuriositas to see photos and learn more.