Monument of the Red Army, Sofia
Soviet Statues - maybe I'm a bit of a Commie at heart but I love all the Soviet style monuments.
In Sofia the Red Army Monument in the Soviet Army Park was interesting. It was built in by the Russians in 1954. On a 34 metre high pillar stands a Red Army soldier leading a happy and thankful Bulgarian couple to freedom. Bronze bas-reliefs around the bottom of the monument depict a cheerful and grateful population welcoming the Russian troops to their land, as well as fighting scenes from the October Revolution and World War Two . Actually, from things I've read, Russia is supposed to have had a fairly amiable relationship with the Bulgarians as they helped free them from the Ottomans. Location Orlov Most.
There are also some Soviet era statues celebrating sporting prowess and youth in front of the Vasil Levski Stadium and, although we did not actually go to it, a Soviet Mound of Brotherhood monument inside Boris Gardens.
After taking photos of the Sofia University we crossed the Tsar Osvoboditel boulevard to check the park that is located near by. We couldn’t really enjoy the paths of the park because it was covered by snow and was kind of risky to walk on the slippery ice (pic 1) but at least we saw the main attraction of the park which is the Monument to the Soviet Army (Pametnik na Savetskata armia ).
The huge stone and iron monument (pic 2) was built in 1954 showing a soldier from Soviet Army accompanied by two Bulgarian people, a man and woman (pic 3).
At the bottom of the monument you can see sculptural compositions showing soldiers, nothing special if you check pic 4 but it looked much more interesting on june 2011 when the figures were painted to look like captain America, superman and other “heroes” from western world, a good/funny way to put a statement for sure. Click here to see the photo
In our days it’s just a popular meeting place, an area for skaters
It was erected in 1954 to acknowledge the liberation from Nazi occupation in 1944 by the Red Army. The 34 metre granite pillar has on it a statue of a Red Army soldier accompanied by a Bulgarian worker and peasant woman. Around the base of the pillar are reliefs showing scenes from the 1917 Russian Revolution and from World War II.
About 100 metres from the pillar are two oblong stone blocks, on which stand sculptures of Bulgarian workers and peasants welcoming their Soviet liberators.
Today the area seemed to be mainly used by local children as a place to skateboard.
The garden is in the pure center ,and a great place for your kids to play as you sip a beer...
The garden around the Monument of the Red army is well lit and safe during the night. It has security that is in charge of keeping it free from drunken and especially from people on drugs that used to hang around here. The few open air cafes are open till late at night. It is centrally located between the Sofia University and the National Stadium "Vassil Levski"
Remains from the Communist Era
Not so long ago this monument was on the back side of the zoo garden. I could hear the lions roar in the morning as I am living a couple of blocks away.
At communist demonstrations, they used to cover the base of the monument with garlands of flowers as a tribute to the Soviet Liberators.
Now it's mostly famous for Skateboarders and Roller bladers doing what they love to do on a Skate Ramp and a small skate park.
Spring of mine, O spring of mine so white,
as yet unlived, as yet unfeasted,
alone in visions vague yet dreamt of,
how low above the poplars do you skim,
yet without pausing in your flight.
Spring of mine, O spring of mine so white!
I know you'll come with rain and hurricanes,
stormy and terrible, fiery, riotous.
To bring back hopes in thousands, wash out bleeding wounds.
How loud the birds will sing then in the cornfields,
how merrily will soar up to the heav'ns,
how people will enjoy their work,
how lovingly as brothers will they live.
Spring of mine... O spring of mine so white!
O once again but let me see your soaring
and giving life to squares so desolate,
O once again but let me die then on your barricades!
There are several relatively modern statues around the city. If you like modern art then they are worth a few minutes of your time. Many date back to the Communist era.
This is the monument of the Soviet Army - in the winter...