This Top-Secret 1950s Bunker Reminds Us Just How Afraid People Were During The Cold War

Deep underground in Konjic sits a 70,000 square foot bunker – one of the most expensive structures ever constructed in what was once Yugoslavia. This long abandoned ‘safe-house’ took 26 years to build (from 1953-1979), and was constructed by former Yugoslavian revolutionary leader Josip Broz Tito to shelter himself, his family, and key communist leaders in the event of nuclear war.

The facility, once a deeply held secret in Yugoslavia, is only accessible through the sole entrance, which is concealed by a nondescript garage door of a remote and unassuming house at the end of a little-used road in Konjic. Though it’s been decades since construction, and even the end of the Cold War – the bunker is still up-kept with a working air conditioning system, power generator and toilets. Even the water containment cistern is filled with fresh water. You know, for “just in case.”

1950s Bunker Sealed Doorway

Still not publicly accessible by any means, you need direct permission from the current Ministry of Defense to gain entrance into the bunker. Source: The Telegraph

1950s Bunker Heavy Door

Heavy blast doors conceal and protect the different sections of the strategic facility. These doors are able to hold back everything from gunfire to atomic blasts. Source: The Telegraph

1950s Bunker Water Tanks

The fresh water tanks and system are maintained and kept filled and at the ready for any circumstance in which they are needed. Source: The Telegraph

1950s Bunker Red Phones

A line of official red phones looks like a shot directly out of any 80s Cold War film. Source: The Telegraph

1950s Bunker Fax Machines

These now highly dated fax machines were ready to direct communications between several communist leaders and others they would need to contact in the event of nuclear war. Source: The Telegraph

Electric Hub

It takes a lot of electricity to run operations and maintain a certain quality of life in an underground bunker. The power station of the facility is very impressive given its age. Source: The Telegraph

1950s Bunker Music

What world leader wouldn’t need their tunes if forced underground due to an impending nuclear apocalypse? No matter the culture or governmental style, music is a must! Source: The Telegraph

1950s Bunker Phone Home

This communication center was surely directly linked to several locations, and had the ability to make calls to any individual phone number still in working order after a nuclear holocaust. Source: The Telegraph

1950s Bunker Switch Board

There were apparently plans to make a LOT of calls underground, as shown by this massive switchboard location within the bowels of the bunker. Source: The Telegraph

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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