The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

Location: Varna, Bulgaria 

Constructed: 1978

Architects: Kamen Goranov (architect), Alyosha Kafedzhiyski and Evgeni Barumov (sculptors)

Alternative name: ‘The Russian Monument’

Genre: Socialist memorial, former Eastern Bloc

The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship was created to honour comradeship between these two nations. More specifically, the structure was erected to glorify the Russian Army and the part it played during the Siege of Varna, part of the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-29. Work on the monument started in 1974 and was completed in 1978. The architectural team, who were awarded the contract after winning a design competition, were assisted by a total of 27,000 volunteers over the period it took them to eventually complete the project. More information about the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship.

The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship (‘The Russian Monument’) in Varna, Bulgaria | Socialist memorial | former Eastern Bloc

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