A "forgotten" relic - an really eerie experience Sep 11, 2011
This was a deserted Soviet conference centre on a hill in the middle of nowhere. It’s a two hour drive from Veliko Taranovo (ask your hostel for directions) but well worth the trip, especially if there’s a few of you and you can cut down the cost of hiring a car for the day (worked out about at 20 euros each for 5 of us, but my memory’s a little hazy, so don’t quote me there). It’s often referred to as “the UFO building”, due to it’s appearance.
So, this building. For starters, it’s located in some spectacular scenery and it’s about as close to the “middle of nowhere” as you’re ever going to get in Europe. Every authority seems to have disowned the place and so it is abandoned in every sense of the word – the main entrance is bordered up and you have to crawl through a broken window to enter. Inside you can see the remains of the building’s former glory – crumbling murals on the wall, torn red velvet curtains lying on the floor. I doubt I’m ever going to get the chance to walk on the wreck of the Titanic, but I suspect the feeling I got walking through Buzludzha is something similar.
Health & Safety go out the window here. Most of the building is a massive, empty amphitheater, but there’s dodgy looking tunnels and staircases leading into the bowels of the building where you’ll find old radio rooms, shower blocks and what seemed to have once been quite a well-equipped kitchen – but you’ve only got yourself to blame if you fall and break your ankle! (if that does happen, you’ll probably stay trapped there…forever).
Personally I was hoping to find a forgotten stash of Soviet gold, but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any - perhaps you'll have better luck!
Eastern Europe is scattered with relics like this, and the time to visit them is now, before they crumble completely away. If you’re in the area – allow a day to head out here, you won’t regret it.
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