For about sixty years the synagogue in the town of Vidin, northwestern Bulgaria, is now left to rot. Preserving what was once the largest synagogue of the country seems to be on nobody’s agenda. After most of Bulgaria’s Jewish population left the country in the 1950s, the synagogue in the center of Vidin fell into […]Read more "Crumbling Walls: Abandoned Synagogue"
The district heating plant in Iskrets, 50 kilometers north of the capital Sofia, was one of the smallest in the country. The installed power was 13 MW generated with coal-fired steam generators. Around 2000 the plant was closed and most of the hardware removed. (All Images Copyright Johann Brandstätter / JB Photography) Please visit my website […]Read more "Industrial Ruins: District Heating Plant in Iskrets"
Shooting on the Jewish cemetery in Vidin turned out to be one of the most depressing jobs I ever did. More than a thousand graves lie there unattended, desecrated, deliberately destroyed. The cemetery was used from 1875 into the 1950s. Since then headstones were broken, graves opened, pictures of the deceased broken. What was supposed […]Read more "Jewish Cemetery in Vidin – No Peace for the Dead"
During yet another trip to the abandoned village of Lisets, this time in the early morning, I did some more exploring and added a few nice images to my growing galleries about ghost villages and other abandoned places in Bulgaria. (All Images Copyright Johann Brandstätter / JB Photography) See the complete gallery on my website (www.jb-photography.org)Read more "Gallery: A Ghost Village in Bulgaria"
Groundwater lake in the Chukurovo open coal mine: (Image Copyright by Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography) The Chukurov mine is an open-pit Lignite mine near the town of Novi Han, some 35 kilometers southeast of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Most if not all the produced coal is used in the thermal power plant Bobov Dol. Although the mine […]Read more "Pic Of The Week (17/2013) – Green Lake in a Coal Mine"
The notorious Republika thermal power plant in Pernik, Western Bulgaria (Image Copyright by Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography) The Republika power plant in Pernik, 35 km southwest of Sofia is fired with domestically produced brown coal. In 2009, the lack of an appropriate filtering systems earned Republika the debatable distinction of being named the facility polluting its surroundings […]Read more "Pic Of The Week (16/2013) – Air Pollution Bulgarian Style"
About 30 km north of Sofia are the sites of two industrial-size poultry farms from communist times. The farms are now abandoned for more than 20 years and everything of value has been stripped, including all appliances and electric cables. After the fall of the communist regime in 1989 nobody was either willing or able […]Read more "Abandoned Kolkhoz farm"