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What Imperial Ruins Look Like

April 27, 2011 8:23:18.644

It turns out that you don't need to visit Italy or Greece to see the fading remnants of former imperial glory - you can go to the Balkans and see a much more modern set of such relics - rotting Soviet era monuments - while the monuments are in what used to be Yugoslavia, and they were put up by Tito, they definitely have that "Soviet architecture" look/feel to them.  Looking at the photos makes me wonder - in 100 years, how many people who live in that area will have any idea what these monuments meant to the people who put them up?

posted by James Robertson


Re: What Imperial Ruins Look Like

[Davorin RuĆĄevljan] April 27, 2011 10:07:35.681

I guess it more shows how difficult is to force feed people to love something they don't, no matter how much concrete you throw at it. So those monuments shared un-bellowed destiny of the ones who built them, even when out of the context some of them could be viewed as interesting.

Re: What Imperial Ruins Look Like

[James Robertson] April 27, 2011 10:21:31.671

No disagreement from me on that. I just find it fascinating that we have what amounts to "Roman ruins" from the modern world. Which makes me think - a lot of Italy consisted not of Rome proper, but "Italian allies" - I wonder what the people circa 500 Ad thought of the rotting Roman monuments, if they were from the allied areas?

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