31 Beautifully Abandoned Soviet Monuments

May 20, 2014

While Francis Fukuyama so cheerily declared that the world had reached “the end of history” in 1992, he was only 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. 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 monuments have succumbed to time and the elements, they remind us of the transformative and lasting power of ideas.

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Abandoned Soviet Monuments Zimnitsa

A communist statue in the tiny town of Zimnitsa, Bulgaria.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Pillars

Niš, Serbia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Spikes

Kosmaj, Serbia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Dome

Kruševo, Macedonia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Tree

Jasenovac, Croatia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Dilapidated

Košute, Croatia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Graffiti

Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Angle

Ostra, Romania.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Opening

Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Spomenik

Petrova Gora, Croatia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Beams

Brezovica, Kosovo.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Sharp

Kolašin, Montenegro.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Star

Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Stone

Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Boards

Makljen, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Popped

Mitrovica, Kosovo.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Cube

Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Triangles

Korenica, Croatia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Circle

Nikšić, Montenegro.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Tower

Kozara, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Landing

Sinj, Croatia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Sunburst

Kadinjača, Serbia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Hollow

Grmeč, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Wings

Podgarić, Croatia.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Buzludzha Hill

The area outside Buzludzha, Bulgaria

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Shumen

Shumen monument, Bulgaria.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Soldiers

Russian soldiers facing Moscow. Varna, Bulgaria.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Man

Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria, in the city of Shumen.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Stairs

Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship, Varna, Bulgaria.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Geometry

Inside the Plovdiv Hillock of Fraternity, Bulgaria.

Abandoned Soviet Monuments Buzludzha

Buzludzha Communist Party Headquarters, Bulgaria.

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