Peek inside the impressive socialist monument


When we write about alternative tourism and various places to visit in the City under the hills, we can’t ignore the Brotherly Mound near the Rowing Channel. Architecturally, it seems to have landed there from a different context, and its purpose is to honor the fallen for the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Balkan, First and Second World Wars. The monument symbolizes a Thracian mound, and when viewed from above it resembles a stylized stone wreath. The 90 m long sculptural composition is impressive and the creators of the project are arch. Lyubomir Shinkov, arch. Vladimir Rangelov and sculptor Prof. Lyubomir Dalchev.

The construction of the Brotherly Mound began in 1971. It was opened personally by TodorZhivkov on the eve of September 9, 1974. It then met newlyweds during the communist regime who came to bring flowers at the feet of the Septemvrians immediately after the ceremony. High school graduates also came to pay homage to the glorious history of the state and the party.

Inside the monument, special urns with five-pointed stars store the ashes of dozens of anti-fascists. One wall is a huge construction of square bronze urns. The capsules are located in a total of three large cubes, arranged in seven rows of six. The remains of Lilyana Dimitrova and Yordanka Chankova are still stored in the crypt of the Brotherly Mound.

The magnificent sculptures of Lyubomir Dalchev recreate glorious battles and scary moments from the history of Bulgaria - the April Uprising, the Shipka Epic, theBatak Slaughter. Over the years, most of the figures have been defiled by vandalism, and the bronze that Dalchev used to recreate the emotion of historical time in the heroes' faces has been stolen.

Interestingly, with sculptural compositions, ages gather and make the Brotherly Mound a monument of the three generations. It starts with the yoke and the liberation wars and ends with the welcome of the Soviet troops and the victory of communism.

To date, the key to the monument is in the Museum of History and, unfortunately, it is not accessible. However, his impressive appearance was used as the natural decor of spectacular stunts in the American action Hellboy 3 – the Blood Queen.