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Abandoned Yugoslavian Monuments by Jan Kempenaers

While Yugoslavia has long since dissolved, abandoned monuments remain that recall the nation’s glory in the second world war.  Photographer Jan Kempenaers has traveled throughout the Balkans to photograph these wild, strange structures that have lost much of their cultural relevance.  In various states of disrepair, these monuments (some buildings, other sculptures) represent an era of modern and brutalist architecture that defined this time period in the socialist East.  Today, they appear alien, odd and empty, stark reminders of a struggle long since forgotten by a nation that no longer exists.  A coffee table book with the full collection of Kempenaers photographs and commentary is available on Amazon for $42. [via cracktwo and theawesomer]

Abandoned Yugoslavian Monuments Gallery

  • Özge başak

    These pics are amazing. i will share them on my blog here:

  • Bojan

    Uhm… Dude, there is no such thing as “abandoned monument”. How do you define the “abandoned” part for monuments?
    They are prety much maintained and visited :)
    I went to each and every one with my class couple of times since 1990’s. That is still the case with younger generations. Also, as you can see on these pictures grass and trees around them are trimmed ;)

    Abandoned? I think not.