Take a look inside an abandoned $35M Communist monument

There's an abandoned monument in Bulgaria filled with communist propaganda. Construction cost the equivalent of $35 million today. Earlier this year, a group of adventurers visited the monument and documented their experience on YouTube at "Exploring the Unbeaten Path." Following is a transcript of the video.

Welcome to Buzludzha Monument — a historical monument built for the Bulgarian Communist Party. It was finished in 1981 after 8 years of construction, made out 70,000 tons of concrete and 3,000 tons of steel. But it was abandoned in 1989, the same year that the Bulgarian Communist regime fell. 

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Perched like a UFO, the Buzludzha Monument, near the town of Kazanlak east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, April, 04, 2017, was built by the Bulgarian communist regime. It commemorates events in 1891 that saw socialists, led by Dimitar Blagoev, assemble secretly to form an organised socialist movement in the form of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. However, the Bulgarian government doesn't have the resources needed to carry out necessary repair and conservation works and the mounoment has fallen into disrepair. A local resident said: "This monument is unique in all the world and, if it is restored in future, can be a huge attraction for tourists and bring much money for the region." (Photo by Petar Petrov/Impact Press Group/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
*** EXCLUSIVE *** SHIPKA, BULGARIA - JANUARY 3 2017: UFO shaped monument on the former headquarters of Bulgaria's communist party in Shipka, Bulgaria, January 3 2017. RESEMBLING something from a sci-fi movie, this odd-looking building was the base of operations for Bulgarias ruling Communist Party. Built in 1981 on top of a mountain peak known as Buzludzha, which forms part of Bulgarias Central Balkan mountain range, the historic landmark stands at a whopping 1,441m above sea level. Photographer Ioanna Sakellaraki, 26, braved below freezing temperatures in January 2017 to explore the now abandoned monument. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ioanna Sakellaraki / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Ioanna Sakellaraki / Barcroft Im / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A mosaic is pictured inside the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
Photographers take pictures inside the crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
A view of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
A photographer takes pictures inside the crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
Star trails form over the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha in this long exposure picture taken on September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
A mosaic is pictured inside the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
Perched like a UFO, the Buzludzha Monument, near the town of Kazanlak east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, April, 04, 2017, was built by the Bulgarian communist regime. It commemorates events in 1891 that saw socialists, led by Dimitar Blagoev, assemble secretly to form an organised socialist movement in the form of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. However, the Bulgarian government doesn't have the resources needed to carry out necessary repair and conservation works and the mounoment has fallen into disrepair. A local resident said: "This monument is unique in all the world and, if it is restored in future, can be a huge attraction for tourists and bring much money for the region." (Photo by Petar Petrov/Impact Press Group/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Picture shows the crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: TRAVEL)
A mosaic is pictured inside the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: TRAVEL)
Star trails form over the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha in this long exposure picture taken on September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Graffiti is sprayed near the main entrance of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. The writing reads: "Workers - men and women, from all countries, unite! Ahead! Comrades, let's bravely build up our great cause! Let's work, let us create - the worker we need to enlighten!". Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A view of The Buzludzha Monument builded on the top of Stara Planina mauintain by the former Bulgarian communist regime, Sunday, April, 26, 2015. The Buzludzha Monument which looks like an UFO on the peak was built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement with the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a fore-runner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. Bulgarian government does not have the resources to carry out the necessary repair and conservation works costs about of 30million leva (EURO 15 million) and the mounoment has fallen into disuse. A local resident said: "This monument is unique in all the world and, if it is restored in future, can be as s huge attraction for touri (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A view of the ceiling of the crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. The text reads "Proletarians of all countries, unite!". Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
A monument is seen near the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The memorial house was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The memorial house, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
Power-generating windmill turbines are seen through the windows of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
A man walks near the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
A view of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
Horses are seen near the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANIMALS)
Murals and graffiti are pictured inside the crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
Murals of (L-R) Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin are seen inside the crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
A general view shows the crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Perched like a UFO, the Buzludzha Monument, near the town of Kazanlak east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, April, 04, 2017, was built by the Bulgarian communist regime. It commemorates events in 1891 that saw socialists, led by Dimitar Blagoev, assemble secretly to form an organised socialist movement in the form of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. However, the Bulgarian government doesn't have the resources needed to carry out necessary repair and conservation works and the mounoment has fallen into disrepair. A local resident said: "This monument is unique in all the world and, if it is restored in future, can be a huge attraction for tourists and bring much money for the region." (Photo by Petar Petrov/Impact Press Group/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Perched like a UFO, the Buzludzha Monument, near the town of Kazanlak east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, April, 04, 2017, was built by the Bulgarian communist regime. It commemorates events in 1891 that saw socialists, led by Dimitar Blagoev, assemble secretly to form an organised socialist movement in the form of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. However, the Bulgarian government doesn't have the resources needed to carry out necessary repair and conservation works and the mounoment has fallen into disrepair. A local resident said: "This monument is unique in all the world and, if it is restored in future, can be a huge attraction for tourists and bring much money for the region." (Photo by Petar Petrov/Impact Press Group/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
*** EXCLUSIVE *** SHIPKA, BULGARIA - JANUARY 3 2017: Dome roof of the communist headquarters, in Shipka, Bulgaria, January 3 2017. RESEMBLING something from a sci-fi movie, this odd-looking building was the base of operations for Bulgarias ruling Communist Party. Built in 1981 on top of a mountain peak known as Buzludzha, which forms part of Bulgarias Central Balkan mountain range, the historic landmark stands at a whopping 1,441m above sea level. Photographer Ioanna Sakellaraki, 26, braved below freezing temperatures in January 2017 to explore the now abandoned monument. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ioanna Sakellaraki / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Ioanna Sakellaraki / Barcroft Im / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** EXCLUSIVE *** SHIPKA, BULGARIA - JANUARY 3 2017: Graffiti on the outside of Bulgaria's former communist headquarters in Shipka, Bulgaria, January 3 2017. RESEMBLING something out of a Sci-Fi movie, this oddly designed building was the base of operations for Bulgarias ruling Communist Party and seen as a triumph in architecture within the Soviet union. Built on top of a mountain peak known as Buzludzha which forms part of the Central Balkan mountain range, the historic landmark stands at a whopping 1,441m above sea level.�Constructed in 1981 the headquarters was built with donations by the Bulgarian people and the building work was completed with the help of volunteers. Photographer Ioanna Sakellaraki, 26, braved below freezing temperatures to explore the now abandoned monument.� (Photo credit should read Ioanna Sakellaraki / Barcroft Im / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Burning torch sculpture Buzludzha monument former communist party headquarters, Bulgaria, eastern Europe. (Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images)
Ruined vandalized interior of Buzludzha monument former communist party headquarters, Bulgaria, eastern Europe. (Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images)
Ruined vandalized interior of Buzludzha monument former communist party headquarters, Bulgaria, eastern Europe. (Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images)
A view of The Buzludzha Monument builded on the top of Stara Planina mauintain by the former Bulgarian communist regime, Sunday, April, 26, 2015. The Buzludzha Monument which looks like an UFO on the peak was built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement with the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a fore-runner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. Bulgarian government does not have the resources to carry out the necessary repair and conservation works costs about of 30million leva (EURO 15 million) and the mounoment has fallen into disuse. A local resident said: "This monument is unique in all the world and, if it is restored in future, can be as s huge attraction for touri (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Stars can be seen during a long exposure above the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organised Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized. Picture taken September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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Today, it's off-limits to the public but that didn't stop a crew of videographer. They explore abandoned places worldwide and document it on YouTube at "Exploring the Unbeaten Path." Surprisingly, many of the monument's distinct features remain intact. The whole place is filled with communist propaganda. It features communist legends like Lenin and Karl Marx, as well as the famous hammer and sickle communist symbol boldly placed in the center of its vast ceremonial hall. The monument is a relic of a time not too long ago and a testament to how quickly times change.

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