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Keywords Change this

Monument, Cubism

Project timeline

1981 – 1981

Type

Monument & Memorial

Location Change this

Shumen
Bulgaria

Architect Change this

Monument 1300 Years Bulgaria Change this

Shumen, Bulgaria
by Valentin Starchev Change this
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The Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria, also known as the Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument, is a large monument built on a plateau above the city of Shumen, Bulgaria. It was built in 1981 to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of the First Bulgarian Empire. The monument is built in concrete in a Cubist style. It is reached by a processional concrete stairway from Shumen, or by road. It stands at a height of 450 m above sea level and can be seen from 30 km away.

Destruction of the Monument

Docomomo International draw attention for the threatened future that the Monument ‘1300 Years Bulgaria’ is facing after has been confirmed its dismantling and destruction by the Sofia City Council. Designed by the sculptor Valentin Starchev, this unique monument was conceived to be part of a large scale urban ensemble, which also includes the Bulgarian National Palace of Culture. This art piece represents an architectural composition, constituted by three concrete bodies and three figurative sculptural elements, forming a spiral that culminates in a bronze wing. The monument has exceptional cultural, artistic, architectonic and social values which add meaning and significance to its historical symbolism.

DOCOMOMO

Docomomo International painfully realizes that Sofia Municipality has already started the dismantling process and no preventive measures are expected to be undertaken in order to maintain this monument, neither its conservation and restoration. Docomomo International wishes to express its fully support to the efforts being carried out and other actions under development in order to preserve the Monument ‘1300 Years Bulgaria’, that should be fully preserved, taking into consideration its historical value and the willing to maintain its integrity and authenticity for future generations. We have the duty to preserve this important legacy within the international world of art and architecture.

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