Bells Monument

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Completed: 1979

Architects: Georgi Gechev (architect) and Krum Damianov (sculptor) 

Alternative name: Banner of Peace

Genre: Socialist monument, former Eastern Bloc

The Bells Monument was constructed as part of the celebrations for the first-ever International Year of the Child in 1979. Approximately 100 countries gifted bells of all shapes and sizes and these were placed around the base of the monument. The initiative kept going for about a decade and the four assemblies that were held at the complex during this time played host to several thousand children who came from nearly 140 countries. The event ceased in 1990 and the monument fell into decline but was rejuvenated in 2010 as a commemoration of its 30th anniversary.

Bells Monument (Banner of Peace) in Sofia, Bulgaria | Socialist monument | former Eastern Bloc

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