Monday, December 2, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: The Communist Parliament of the Future / Past?



The future of architecture in the past. Sitting atop a mountain like an abandoned flying saucer, this giant structure looks like it was created on another planet. The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party was built in another era, however, one that long ago crumbled along with the way of life it embodied. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Bulgaria moved into a new age of parliamentary democracy.

People are staring in awe at the structure expecting aliens to emerge at any moment

The front of the building is emblazoned by the lyrics of the International anthem the unofficial hymn singing the praises of communism. The interior is circle shaped with a large central area and benches all around rising up like in a modern day stadium. The walls where decorated with intricate mosaics that did not survive the downfall of the iron curtain.

Just remember the glorious meetings of communist leaders here, who were occupied with playing their favourite game of "I´ll show you my nuclear warhead if you show me yours".