Abandoned Yugoslavian Landmarks


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Photographs of twenty-five immense, futuristic, and unintentionally dystopian structures commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate the sites of significant battles during the Second World War. They were designed by various sculptors and architects in a architectural visual language intended to evoke the strength of the Socialist Republic, but were essentially abandoned after its dissolution in the 1990s.

Yugoslavian Landmarks
Yugoslavian Landmarks

You can see all twenty-five photos here.

  1. The description is not exactly “accurate”. I can testify that they are not abandoned, at least most of them in Serbia (and judging by comments on that page, it’s similar in other republics).

    For example, the Bubanj memorial is on a hill just outside the city of Niџ (where I live) and is a popular recreational park and picnic destination. It may look abandoned because of the graffiti on the monument itself, but that’s how lots of public buildings look around here (…yeah). The rest of the park is actually well kept and clean, and was even redeveloped not two years ago.


    I can’t know the intentions of those who commissioned the structure(s), but I don’t remember there was ever much emphasis to show “socialist strength”, only to “commemorate the shooting and execution of more than 10,000 citizens of Niџ”.

    (as for authority/accuracy of that page, note from the comments and page URL that it was apparently titled “abandoned soviet places” — and you should understand how wrong that is)

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