The 11 most absurd Soviet-era buildings that are still standing

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Mid-20th-century architecture is rarely remembered fondly anywhere in the world.

And that’s especially true in former communist countries of Europe and Central Asia, where it seems like architects following a passing fad were allowed to do whatever they wanted.

The result was some bizarre and amazing-looking structures, many of which are still standing 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Here are some of the weirdest ones.

Mike Bird contributed to this slideshow:

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title=”The ‘Monument to the Revolution’ built in Croatia (then Yugoslavia) is an abstract sculpture dedicated to the people of Moslavina during World War II.”
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title=”This building in Georgia originally housed the Ministry of Highways and almost looks like it has been Photoshopped. It’s now occupied by a commercial bank.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5540e585dd0895c9598b4581″
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permalink=”/#the-forum-hotel-in-krakow-poland-is-another-example-of-how-1970s-communist-architects-simply-couldnt-resist-lifting-ugly-buildings-off-the-ground-5″
title=”The Forum Hotel in Krakow, Poland, is another example of how 1970s communist architects simply couldn’t resist lifting ugly buildings off the ground.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5540e585dd0895c9598b4586″
source=”Błażej Pindor, Wikipedia”
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permalink=”/#the-makedonium-is-a-memorial-built-in-the-1970s-to-commemorate-a-revolt-against-ottoman-rule-in-the-early-1900s-and-its-pretty-bizarre-6″
title=”The Makedonium is a memorial built in the 1970s to commemorate a revolt against Ottoman rule in the early 1900s, and it’s pretty bizarre.”
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source=”vesnamarkoska, Flickr”
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title=”In Chisinau, Moldova, this ugly 1981 circus is now completely abandoned.”
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source=”Wikipedia”
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title=”Bulgaria’s Shumen monument, built in 1981, is a strange and enormous concrete sculpture dedicated to the country’s history, with cubist figures hundreds of feet high dotted around.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5540e586dd0895c9598b4589″
source=”Leon Hart, Flickr “
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title=”This resort in Ukraine combines two late Soviet architectural trends: Constructing things off the ground, and buildings that look slightly like UFOs.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5540e586dd0895c9598b458c”
source=”Wikipedia “
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credit_href=”http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanatorium#/media/File:Sanatorium_%22Kurpaty%22.JPG”
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permalink=”/#this-radio-building-in-bratislava-slovakia-took-16-years-to-build–mostly-because-its-basically-upside-down-10″
title=”This radio building in Bratislava, Slovakia, took 16 years to build — mostly because it’s basically upside down.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5540e586dd0895c9598b458b”
source=”Wikipedia”
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title=”In St. Petersburg, the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics looks a bit like some sort of Satanist temple.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5540e586dd0895c9598b458d”
source=”Aleksandr Zykov, Flickr”
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title=”Another memorial was built in Bosnia by the same sculptor who designed Croatia’s, with segments meant to symbolise light and darkness.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5540e586dd0895c9598b458e”
source=”Wikipedia”
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title=”The Hotel Salut in Kiev was designed by Abraham Miletsky in 1984, and like the Ukrainian result featured earlier, has a very spacecraft-like effect.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/55413d85dd0895735c8b4630″
source=”Wikipedia”
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permalink=”/#sadly-some-of-the-more-impressive-buildings-imagined-were-never-built–construction-of-the-500-metre-tall-palace-of-the-soviets-was-halted-for-wwii-and-never-began-again-14″
title=”Sadly, some of the more impressive buildings imagined were never built — construction of the 500 metre-tall Palace of the Soviets was halted for WWII and never began again.”
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