Demolition: Monument ´1300 Years Bulgaria´
by Valentin Startchev, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1981
DATE: 13/7/2017
Docomomo International is sorry to inform about the demolition of  the Monument ‘1300 Years Bulgaria’ (Sofia, Bulgaria) in the end of July.

The Monument ‘1300 Years Bulgaria’ was built in 1981, to celebrate and symbolize the 1300th anniversary of the Bulgarian State’s foundation. 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 aesthetical 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.

Below you can find the letters that Docomomo International, as a campaign against this demolition, have sent to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Mr. Boyko Borisov; the Bulgarian Minister of Culture, Mr. Boil Banov; the Mayor of Sofia Municipality, Ms. Yordanka Fandakova; the Chair of Sofia Municipal Council, Mr. Elen Gerdjikov; the Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education of Sofia Municipality, Mr. Todor Chobanov; the Chair of the Sofia Culture Committee, Ms. Malina Edreva and the Chief Architect of Sofia Municipality, Mr. Zdravko Zdravkov.

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