monument of alyosha, Plovdiv
At Bunardjika, the hill of the Liberators) you can climb a path that goes to the top of the hill, through a relax park. At the top of the hill there is a statue of a Russian soldier, Alyosha, who stands symbol for the fact that the Russians liberated the Bulgarians from the Nazies. Thus, originally, this statue stood for anti-fashism and the bond between the two Slavic brotherhoods. I ve heard that these days there is discussion of removing the statue. Maybe since Bulgaria is more orientating to the West. However, it would be a pity, although I cannot estimate whether the monument reminds of bad feelings with a Russian communist past. The monument is beautiful and one of my favourites in Plovdiv. It is dynamic, youthful and exposes force. From the monument you have a great panorama of Plovdiv. You can see as far as the grey concrete suburbian blocks of flats in the far away distance.
Bunarjik takes its name from the spring gushing from within its rocks. It is 234 meters above sea level and here you will find two important parts of the city's past: the monument to Russian Czar Alexander II and Alyousha. At one time, the Greeks erected a statue of Hercales here, which was preserved in their Philippopolis coin.