the Varna liberation monument :: a study

As a former communist stronghold, Bulgaria still has its share of Soviet-era memorials.

The one featured in this photoshoot actually commemorates the Russo-Turkish war which ended in 1878.
Although it's now in really bad shape, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.

Considering 40 years of cold war, it's no surprise the Bulgarians wanted to get rid of the monument in the early 90s. Only to find out that removing it would be too expensive. It now occupies a rather large tract of land and sits on top of a hill overlooking the Black Sea, almost completely forgotten and quite run down.
Only the occasional young couple, seeking solitude and a wonderful view of the area visit the monument. Be it for totally different reasons as to what the monument was meant for.

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