What turned the elusive Bulgarian UFO house into a renowned attraction?

Nestled atop a peak in Buzludzha, a scenic region of Bulgaria, stands an imposing structure that resembles a UFO or a set piece from a Star Wars film. However, this colossal edifice is, in reality, the remarkable former residence of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

It looks like a UFO… but it's actually the abandoned remains of a Communist Party headquarters

The abandoned symbolic headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party looks exactly like a UFO dropped out of the sky and came to rest on the peak of Mount Buzludzha.

Bulgaria’s abandoned Buzludzha monument was built as the home of Bulgarian Communist Party
Bulgaria’s abandoned Buzludzha monument was built as the home of Bulgarian Communist PartyCredit: Caters News Agency

It stands at an impressive 1,432 metres tall, giving the extra-terrestrials a commanding view of the landscape for miles around – a great vantage point from which to discover earth.

Also known as the Buzludzha Monument, it was completed in 1981 by Bulgarian’s communist rulers to commemorate the Bulgarian’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire in 1891.

The saucer-shaped building is known as 'Bulgaria’s UFO'

The saucer-shaped building is known as ‘Bulgaria’s UFO’Credit: Caters News Agency
It was commemorate the Bulgarian’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire in 1891
It was commemorate the Bulgarian’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire in 1891Credit: Caters News Agency
The ceiling is emblazoned with Karl Marx’s rallying cry: “Proletarians of all countries, unite!”
The ceiling is emblazoned with Karl Marx’s rallying cry: “Proletarians of all countries, unite!”Credit: Caters News Agency
Now the monument is abandoned and vandalised
Now the monument is abandoned and vandalisedCredit: Caters News Agency

The ceiling is emblazoned with Karl Marx’s rallying cry: “Proletarians of all countries, unite!”

There are also shards of red glass still remaining from a shining communist five-pointed star that was three times as big as the one at the Kremlin.

These snaps were taken by Roman, a 29-year-old urban photographer and service manager from the Netherlands.

He said: “I loved this place. My breath was taken away. It was larger than I expected and I was surprised by the craftsmanship of the mosaic on the walls and ceiling.

“The building surpassed my wildest dreams. It’s insane that this building was only open for about eight years and the state it’s currently in is such a shame.

The famous communist hammer and sickle logo
The famous communist hammer and sickle logoCredit: Caters News Agency
It's now a hot spot for graffiti and political art for those who can get there
It’s now a hot spot for graffiti and political art for those who can get thereCredit: Caters News Agency

The 29-year-old said he took the pictures in December and admitted he was expecting to run into the worst conditions while climbing the mountaintop.

He continued: “Luckily there wasn’t a lot of snow, but the road leading up to it was in a very bad condition and slippery due to the ice on it.

“In the photos I want to shine a light on the history of the place and the meaning of it right now.”

After the fall of Bulgaria’s communist regime in 1990, the building fell into disrepair, which was hastened when all of the copper was stolen from the roof.

The husk of the “UFO” has now become a spot for graffiti and political art for those who manage to reach it.

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