Sobre una montaña en el centro de Bulgaria, esta fabulosa estructura, antigua sede del partido comunista búlgaro vive su destino incierto cuando el gobierno no tiene dinero para repararla o derribarla, 20 años de abandono y vandalismo le han quitado de todo lo superfluo y/o de valor, excepto la espectacular estructura de hormigón en sí misma.
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Crumbling away: The oval skeleton of the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on Mount Buzludzha in central Bulgaria has lain in a state of neglect for over 20 years
Symbol of a previous era: The structure is one of a number of huge communist structures that many believe, if restored, could attract Western tourists in their droves
Left to decay: A vandal has daubed ‘Forget Your Past’ in red paint across the building’s entrance
Changing times: After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Bulgaria moved into a new age of parliamentary democracy
That left buildings like the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, which perches at the top of Mount Buzludzha in the centre of the country, in a state of neglect.
It is one of a number of huge communist structures that many believe, if restored, could attract Western tourists to the region in their droves.
But the Bulgarian government does not have the resources to carry out the necessary extensive repair work, at an estimated cost of 30million leva (£12million), nor to pull them down.
Boycho Bivolarski, the BSP Socialist party chief from the nearby city of Stara Zagora, told AFP news agency: ‘This monument is unique in Europe and, if restored, it can attract tourists, especially Western, and bring money.’
Quandry: The Bulgarian government does not have the resources to carry out the necessary extensive repair work, at an estimated cost of 30million leva (£12million)
Truly magnificent: Thieves have stripped much of the roof panelling away from the building, which opened in 1981, leaving it vulnerable to the elements
Covered in snow: The monolithic building, which opened in 1981, is now at the mercy of the elements
Left to crumble: Debris litters a stairwell (left), while a statue of a pair of hands holding torches that sits at the bottom of Mount Buzludzha has been graffitied (right)
Thieves have stripped much of the roof panelling away from the building, which opened in 1981, leaving it vulnerable to the elements.
A wall mosaic of Bulgaria’s communist dictator Todor Zhivkov has been destroyed, while others of communist heroes Marx, Engels and Lenin remain just about recognisable.
In a sign that many of the local population have no interest in such buildings, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov transfered ownership of the structure to the BSP Socialist party in November.
He said: ‘Let them take care of it if they’re so proud of it.’
The BSP Socialists have managed to secure the entrances to prevent would-be trespassers from entering.
Passing the buck: Prime Minister Boyko Borisov transfered ownership of the structure to the BSP Socialist party in November
Strewn with litter and ransacked by thieves, warmer weather shows the dome’s interior to be in urgent need of repair
Lockdown: The BSP Socialists have now managed to secure the entrances to prevent would-be trespassers from entering
Glorious colours: The communist party’s emblem still adorns the ceiling
Falling apart: Many in Bulgaria want the building, and other communist structures like it, to be restored to its former glory
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