Our main goal:
REMEMBER and REUSE instead of DESTRUCT and ABUSE
The Buzludzha monument is one of the most iconic and significant buildings of post-war modernism in Bulgaria and in Europe. It was built in 1981 and abandoned in the 90's as it represented the previous communist regime.
We are excited about this unique structure and want to preserve it as a place for art, education, events, and tourism. Our goal is to keep it as authentic as possible, but stop the decay, consolidate, and secure it, so that visitors can once again be allowed inside (which is now strictly forbidden).
Why we care:
Buzludzha deserves not BLAME about its past, but FAME about its future
We believe that it is important to save Buzludzha, not only because it is a masterpiece of architecture, engineering and art, but also because we should remember our past, especially if it is traumatic or difficult.
Buzludzha was built to be a symbol of communism, however after the end of the regime, it became a symbol of the transition to democracy. In the intervening years it has been looted and abandoned as have many other buildings erected during this part of the vast unloved heritage of the 20th century. Today it is a symbol of a conflict between people holding different views about the recent past. Our goal for the future is to preserve the building as a site of dialogue, tolerance, and education, as an outstanding example for thousands of other forgotten monuments and sites.
Who are we:
A FOUNDATION working for PRESERVATION
The Buzludzha Project Foundation was created in 2015 by architect Dora Ivanova with the aim to preserve the Buzludzha Monument. Thanks to our persistence in this cause, in 2018 the monument was recognized by Europe's largest cultural heritage organization Europe Nostra, as one of the 7 Most Endangered cultural sites in Europe. Thanks to the support of the Getty Foundation, in 2019 we started our work on the Research, Conservation Planning and Adaptive Reuse Strategy for the monument. In 2020 we began the very first conservation work on-site, with the project Emergency Stabilization of Mosaics of the Buzludzha Monument. Supported once again by the Getty Foundation, this enabled us to implement measures to halt the decay of precious mosaic artworks inside the building.
Why we need your help:
We can AFFORD to keep working with your SUPPORT
We were delighted to be able to begin the research and planning stage, and even more so to have implemented the first emergency measures to save the artwork inside. There is however still so much more yet to be done. By supporting us, you will be helping us take the next step towards our goal of saving Buzludzha and re-opening it to the public.
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