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Bells Monument

Bells Monument (Vitosha Mountain, Sofia) — The Bells monument is situated 14 km eastwards from the center of Sofia at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.  This was initially built in 1979 to celebrate the World Children initiative by UNESCO.  It was originally thought to hold a children’s festival only in 1979, but due to the big success the festival was repeated every 4 years until 1990 when communism in Bulgaria collapsed and funding was not available.

There is a circle of bells donated from over 90 countries that surround the main monument. You can see bells from countries that no longer exist, such as the USSR, The German Democratic Republic, etc. Some bells were made very original and depict the culture of their country.  During the Communist era, the monument was often used for initiations of pioneers (similar to boy scouts) that were part of the Communist culture.