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Socialist Sofia: The bridge of friendship

Posted in Bulgaria, Sofia by folkestonejack on May 21, 2016

Friendship Bridge (Most na druzhbata) is another piece of political propaganda that became part of the daily fabric of life in Sofia in 1953, subtly pressing its message about the brotherhood between Bulgarians and the Soviet Union.

Sculptural compositions stand at all four corners of the bridge representing the workers, intelligentsia and the army. It looked perfectly innocent to my Western eyes, but the Russian soldier standing side by side with his Bulgarian equivalent is yet another attempt to draw a parallel between the liberation of the country after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 and by Russian forces in 1944-45.

The bridge stands at the crossroads between ulica Graf Ignatiev and bulevard Evlogi i Hristo Georgiev, looking down over the rather murky waters of the Perlovska. It’s easily accessed on foot from the city centre, or by public transport by taking the metro to the station for the Vasil Levski Stadium.

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