31 Beautifully Abandoned Communist Monuments

Though Francis Fukuyama cheerily declared that the world had reached “the end of history” in 1992, he was at best half right. True, the Soviet Union and its ideological model had collapsed, and the Western model of liberal democracy had prevailed. However, even as ideas come and go, the structures in which we house them tend to take a bit longer to disappear.

Such is the case with the monuments scattered across the former Soviet Union and former communist countries. Before its dissolution, the Soviet Union had an area of 8.65 million square miles, filled with approximately 290 million people. While these abandoned Soviet-era and Soviet-friendly monuments have succumbed to time and natural elements, they remind us of the transformative and lasting power of ideas — both good and bad.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Zimnitsa
Abandoned Soviet Monuments Pillars
Abandoned Soviet Monuments Spikes
Abandoned Soviet Monuments Dome
31 Beautifully Abandoned Communist Monuments
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All images come from Crack Two and Yomadic. For more abandoned structures, check out our post on abandoned Detroit, abandoned Olympics sites and beautiful abandoned photographs.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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