25 Abandoned Futuristic Monuments in Ex-Yugoslavia


These monuments were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place.  In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, but after the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned.



Petrova Gora




Ilirska Bistrica


Sanski Most
















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155 Responses to 25 Abandoned Futuristic Monuments in Ex-Yugoslavia

  1. iarxiv says:

    Very interesting collection of monuments… Will tweet that!

  2. These monuments are really impressive.

  3. nannus says:

    I did not know that abstract art can be kitsch as well, but for some of these, that is the term coming to my mind. This is probably not due to the shapes (some are more interesting and some are terrible) but the size and the meaning behind it. The ones that have accquired some quality are the destroyed ones, especially Makljen. I suspect it was damaged in the war and here you can see what war really is.

  4. Samar says:

    These are very interesting, thanks for the post.

  5. Pramit says:

    I did not know these exist. Thanks for sharing this, Chiara. 🙂

  6. Cool collection. I’m especially fond of the Niš fists.

  7. a very interesting series indeed!thanks a ton for sharing!

  8. maddy white says:

    the simplicity of these structures is very interesting, they also seem so significant and atmospheric but also totally lost too, they are very effective though

  9. maddy white says:

    Reblogged this on maddyawhiteblog and commented:
    beautiful simplistic but lost structures, totally in awe,

  10. Farhan says:

    I want some of these in my country!

  11. Wow! Never seen any of these before!! Very powerful structures for sure. Now if only I could see them all up close.

  12. brian211young says:

    Love all of these shots.
    www. Lowestform.com

  13. Very strange and interesting at the same time!

  14. radiodaisie says:

    Extremely amazing imagery !

  15. aravind says:

    such beauty! hard to imagine why such wonders are still abandoned!

  16. mikesight says:

    Reblogged this on MikeSight and commented:

  17. awax1217 says:

    If an alien race came down and saw this he or she or it would be puzzled just as much as I am. So many dead and all that is left is structures that boggle the mind but the stories are lost and no one speaks of them anymore.

  18. They’re not entirely forgotten. Doesn’t Macedonia still use that space-station looking thing on their currency?

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  20. Riedstra says:

    Hi, I never visited Yugoslavia, but from the photo’s they look quite amazing!

  21. David says:

    A few hours ago, I’d’ve said no if someone asked me if there could be 25 such cool relics in a region that size. Now … what am I missing in my own backyard? This is a spectacular collection!

  22. aktrang says:

    stunning. What a contrast to the surrounding nature and realizing a battle had taken place there when now there is such peace.

  23. symplysilent says:

    Richard – Thank you so much for recording the monuments. I wonder what people even a few years from now will think of those things we so treasure in our times. Thanks – Silent

    One of the few poems I can ever remember is Shelley’s Ozymandias. Forgive me if I quote it. I won’t feel bad if you shorten or delete it:

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away

  24. These are amazing! They look like out of a scifi movie; could you expand the post with the actual locations of each one along the former Yugoslavian countries?
    Thanks for sharing their pictures!

  25. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    Abandoned sculpture in Yugoslavia.

  26. drewster55 says:

    These sculptures are very interesting. Standing next to them is probably the closest thing to being on a Pink Floyd album cover. =)

  27. Many thanks for your efforts to capture these in wonderful photographs. They really are special, even those that are decayed. Some could be from a different world…. Would love to see different views of some. perhaps worthy of a book? Once again, thank you!

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  29. fireandair says:

    I’m quite surprised to see what would be called really radical public art in what I would have thought of as such a conservative atmosphere as communist Yugoslavia. “Radical,” like every other word, depends on its context.

  30. Moss & Fog says:

    Amazing finds. Thank you for sharing, these are otherworldly.

  31. Ves says:

    Cool. Reminds me of that field in Budapest with all the abandoned communist statues.

  32. That is pretty insane! The days when people created physical artwork, not the crap on the internet with photoshop.

  33. testakleez66 says:

    Reblogged this on darwinsrightleftwing and commented:
    This is an awesome article! A must read for anyone interested in the odd and beautiful!

  34. raonaid says:

    Wow!!!! these are amazing!

  35. Reblogged this on Untitled Rug and commented:
    inspiring structures. They seem to be beyond time.

  36. This is pretty amazing!

  37. i dont get the Kamenska one, is that a bush?

  38. vazdanesto says:

    Yugoslavia had the most liberal atmosphere of all countries in the communist block. In fact, unlike with other ones, with Yugo passport you could’ve traveled anywhere at anytime (during 60s and 70s too).

  39. Reblogged this on sociologyallstar and commented:
    Amazing pieces and they are abandoned? Oh my…

  40. vazdanesto says:

    If you went to school in Yugoslavia anytime from the 50s to the early 90s, you would know most of these monuments first-hand. We had mandatory school excursions each year (starting in the first grade), visiting all those places and looking at the monuments, dressed in “pioneer” uniforms (“titovka” navy blue hat with a red star on, and a red scarf, tied in a very special communisty way) while singing songs about Tito and Brotherhood and Unity within all the loving nations of our great country of Yugoslavia 🙂

  41. wordsman1 says:

    structures with interesting structures

  42. smealek says:

    The beauty of the human mind.

  43. zezil says:

    Wow. Beautiful!

  44. Sandy Samuel says:

    Interesantes monumentos. No los conocía.

  45. beqdesign says:

    Reblogged this on Beqdesign's Blog and commented:
    Love some of these geometric forms

  46. These sculptures represent such artistic balance of power and peace! How incredibly beautiful! I always find it sad to see vandalism on such amazingly talented and noble works of art.

  47. petchary says:

    Extraordinary. And rather sad really. They are so SOLID like most communist art. Looks like people have taken a sledgehammer to some of them…

  48. Paro says:

    Wait, you have a picture of a bush. I get others, but am I missing something in that pic?

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  50. Ben says:

    These are amazing! Where are they?

  51. katechiconi says:

    I’m not sure the word beautiful applies. Stunning, powerful, brutal, emphatic, arresting, yes. Beautiful? Some of them, maybe if you remove them from the context in which they were created, which is to glorify battle. A poem to the versatility of the favourite building medium of the Communist bloc, concrete! Perhaps I could learn to love some of them if they were smaller and not intended to overpower…

  52. Very interesting. I had no idea these still existed. Thanks for sharing this.

  53. misslingling says:

    Wow, what interesting sculptures. I’d love to see them in person one day. Nice pics too btw!

  54. Wow are these really abandoned, not maintained at all?

  55. The word “beautiful” is sometimes used randomly without knowing the context. But I have come to realize it can mean “fantastic, what we see or even hear, and even just to describe something we eat”. In this case I understand where you are coming from. For someone who is a vegetarian and hears someone describe meat as beautiful I suppose is just as perplexed considering what that animal went through. But I do appreciate your description of “powerful, arresting”..

  56. AllyTimber says:

    Reblogged this on Allytimberwolf's Blog and commented:
    Very interesting i would like to go read up on each of them and find out the story, then maybe do a follow up on this 🙂

  57. Reblogged this on A Little try and commented:
    A future monuments..

  58. jackconner says:

    Reblogged this on jackconner and commented:
    Wow! There’s some inspiring stuff here, fiction-wise.

  59. hollynycole says:

    Reblogged this on Life is Simply Beautiful and commented:
    These sites would make for an amazing photoshoot.

  60. Reblogged this on Life, Love and Other Crap and commented:

  61. Gorgeous collection. Thank you for sharing this and I’ve reblogged this on my blog.

  62. sad they were left to rot! They still serve as a reminder and are really cool to look at and contemplate. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  63. Reblogged this on Carmina Ignotae and commented:
    Some very interesting architecture. Sometimes we have to look at the past for inspiration for the future.

  64. Deco Domino says:

    These are great. Thank you for posting.

  65. csscomander says:

    It’s sad if you think about it, these monuments were put up to honor the memory of those who fought and died to free Yugoslavia from the Germans and now it’s like no one cares. Even if Yugoslavia doesn’t exist, the memory of those who have their lives to free it should not be forgotten

  66. wow some of them are quite beautiful

  67. Elena Falletti says:

    Reblogged this on Elena Falletti.

  68. geojumper says:

    Incredible. Bravo.

  69. rajanatmiya says:

    Reblogged this on rajanatmiya and commented:
    this is amezing art

  70. esttoday says:

    This is SO neat!! I will be putting these all on my Travel List! Thanks for sharing!

  71. Amazing! I can’t believe they’re real!

  72. This is something unreal, something non-human. Would like to see them in real life.

  73. petchary says:

    Reblogged this on Petchary's Blog and commented:
    These are huge concrete memorials from the days of the “Iron Curtain.” I thought I would share these extraordinary photographs with you, dear readers, from former Yugoslavia. There is something haunting about them, lost in beautiful but lonely landscapes…

  74. bezwik says:

    so beautiful and so ugly at the same time, perfect combo.

  75. christobolb says:

    Looks like something out of Star Trek. They should film a scene fro Star Wars there. That would be cool.

  76. newsonflash says:

    Reblogged this on day in city and commented:
    great shoooot

  77. simondewar says:

    Holy crap.. some fantastic monuments. It’s like something out of an 80’s Scifi movie. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  79. Extraordinary, brutal but beautiful. Thanks for sharing these and making the highlight of my day.

  80. antisphexish says:

    that is awesome. maybe they will be interpreted as religious sites in two thousand years 😉

  81. Reblogged this on A Writer's Progress and commented:
    So if we lived in Yugoslavia in the 1980s we’d be visiting these monuments as a form of entertainment? Yet another reason to rejoice that I didn’t grow up under a communist regime.

  82. enrail says:

    Reblogged this on enrail and commented:
    Wery interesting buildings

  83. enrail says:

    rebloged this on enrail

  84. Helix42 says:

    Reblogged this on The Fortress of Helixity and commented:
    These buildings are really cool, even if I can’t read the language. (Credit to “The Dancing Rest” for the awesome post.)

  85. sick stuff. Very talented. God Bless

  86. chrisbkm says:

    Magnificently… bizarre. Magnificent, because they are. Bizarre… I’m not sure why. Very powerful in any case.

  87. jlindauer says:

    fascinating, futuristic and alien. Beautiful.

  88. These sites are abandoned and forgotten after just years. If they last, imagine what people will think of them centuries from now. Will the stories of their creation and meaning alter overtime?

  89. YOGiNi says:

    Interesting! thanks for sharing 🙂

  90. araxiaaida says:

    Breathtaking, futuristic, visionary.

  91. JunkChuck says:

    Very cool. I’m pressing this, that’s for sure.

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  93. REALLY exquisite art and beautiful photos! What a shame they’ve been abandoned. Petrova Gora reminds me of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  94. daveriskit says:

    Great stuff…the contrast between the sharp concrete monuments and the peaceful surrounding nature is amazing…

  95. fosterwelsh says:

    Reblogged this on Wendy Fosterwelsh and commented:
    So amazing

  96. This article is so good, I like this blog, Thank you very much for sharing

  97. Thank you for recording these fantastic constructions. I have been showing them to everyone I know!

  98. evansc90 says:

    Reblogged this on The Executive Review and commented:
    Impressive feats of Architecture/sculpture hidden in the landscape

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  100. Reblogged this on Orttimus Prime Time and commented:
    These are the first monuments in the world that I’ve seen and thought, “This picture is not enough. I would actually like to be there in person one day.”

  101. k a r a h ~ says:

    Reblogged this on k a r a h ~ l i n and commented:
    Abandoned Monuments ~x ~Yugoslavia

  102. Gorgeous! I must go see this now.

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  104. minnaakhan says:

    Reblogged this on minnaakhan and commented:
    Stunning shots and great contrast surrounding nature.

  105. Chris Wood says:

    My first thought was, “I want to see these in person and photograph them!” Thank you for sharing.

  106. hebrewofyhwh says:

    What was the inspiration for these shapes?

  107. I think they are amazing, I had no idea they existed. It is too bad so many of them have been defaced by graffiti. I will reblog on jennifervolkert.com

  108. typo17 says:

    Reblogged this on this is it… and commented:
    So amazing!

  109. Thank you for sharing, I love these kind of photos!

  110. Reblogged this on Ilko Alexandrov and commented:
    Some beautiful ghost, beautifully shot! I now wonder what happens at night, at full moon and a 60 secs exposure ..

  111. Incredible! Haunting yet beautiful.

  112. squonk123a says:

    Thank you for the post. It’s almost other-worldly, I think because with the exception of a few pieces of grafitti, there is no human figure or item in the photo.

  113. travelxolic says:

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  116. Sophia says:

    This is awesome! I never knew things and places like this still existed. I definitely want to check them out someday.

  117. Amazing indeed… I am from former Yugoslavia. It’s Jan Kempenaers’ photography, is it not? (I might have missed the credits/ copyright notice.)

  118. Outstanding pictures; thank you for sharing!

  119. These “futuristic” public monuments are now abandoned, graffitti-scarred, and look like a warning, as if this is what kind of dystopian future we can all expect if we don’t do something to turn it around?

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  121. Karine says:

    Los gustos del arriba firmante” no tienen que corresponderse con las películas señaladas de esta sección, ni con el resto de estrenos

  122. Amazing design and architecture, this is a great post. Thanks for sharing.

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