Buzludzha Recognised as One of the Seven Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe

Buzludzha Recognised as One of the Seven Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe

We are delighted to reveal that Europa Nostra – Europe’s leading heritage preservation organisation – has declared Buzludzha to be one of the most significant examples of endangered heritage in Europe. You can read their announcement here, or watch the promotional video below.

 

 

Last year, the Buzludzha Project Foundation submitted the Buzludzha Monument for consideration in Europa Nostra’s ‘7 Most Endangered’ programme. In January this year we announced that the monument had been picked as one of 12 finalists. To now have the monument recognised as one of the top seven endangered heritage sites in Europe, is a very exciting development.

Dora Ivanova, of the Buzludzha Project Foundation, gave the following statement:

"I am pleased to announce that the Buzludzha monument has been listed as one of the seven most threatened sites in Europe for 2018, as featured in the ‘7 Most Endangered’ programme run by Europa Nostra in cooperation with the European Investment Bank Institute (EIBI).

"The programme is updated every two years, identifying and helping to preserve the most valuable cultural sites at risk in Europe. Europe Nostra is the leading and most representative heritage organisation in Europe, and is funded by the EU. It covers 47 countries and its members number over 5 million people.

"This result is deeply significant. It signals an objective assessment from one of the most highly respected cultural heritage organisations in Europe, declaring that the Buzludzha Monument should be preserved, as it is valuable, not only to the region or to Bulgaria alone, but as a site of European Heritage.

"This news places Buzludzha into the European spotlight for 2018, a year designated as the European Year of Cultural Heritage and moreover the year in which Bulgaria assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Europa Nostra programme is not intended to point fingers at problems, so much as to offer a helping hand – one that in this case could encourage Bulgaria to end the neglect of Buzludzha and look instead towards preserving the monument.

"Europa Nostra and the Institute of the European Investment Bank are ready to assist in any way possible. Their experts, together with other partners and the nominators, will visit the selected sites and meet with key stakeholders in the coming months. These multidisciplinary teams will provide technical advice, identify possible sources of funding and mobilise wide support to save this landmark. The specialists will formulate feasible action plans for the listed sites by the end of the year. 

"Having volunteered many hours of work towards the preservation of the monument over the past four years, I am convinced that this is a unique opportunity for Bulgaria, and one which we cannot afford to miss."

The Socialists Make New Bid for Ownership

The Socialists Make New Bid for Ownership

Since the Buzludzha monument was nationalised in 1992, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) have expressed interest in claiming ownership of the site. Their most recent bid was made just a month ago: a formal application submitted on 16th June 2017.

An Appeal to the World Monuments Fund

An Appeal to the World Monuments Fund

In the ongoing campaign to save the Buzludzha Monument from ruin, the Buzludzha Project has reached out to the World Monuments Fund for support.

Buzludzha Featured on CNN

Buzludzha Featured on CNN

The Buzludzha Monument was featured just recently on the travel section of CNN.com. An article by freelance travel writer Jarryd Salem, published on January 18th, introduces the monument to a worldwide audience.

This Dub Techno Video is a Glorious Celebration of Concrete

This Dub Techno Video is a Glorious Celebration of Concrete

The Buzludzha Monument is no stranger to music videos. Over the years it has been used by various bands from around the world, all looking for the perfect otherworldly backdrop for their promotional clips.

This new video uploaded by Berg Audio takes it in a new direction though, finding a resonance between Buzludzha’s clean concrete curves and the stripped-back sound of dub techno.

Bulgaria Passes New Anti-Communism Law

Bulgaria Passes New Anti-Communism Law

On 24 November 2016, the Bulgarian parliament passed a new law that bans the public display of communist symbols. This ruling builds upon existing laws relating to the Criminal Nature of the Communist Regime,’ and follows similar developments in countries such as Poland and Ukraine, where processes of de-communisation are already in effect.

However, the new Bulgarian law raises questions regarding the ongoing safety of Bulgaria’s communist-era memorial sites.