I drove more than 5000 kilometers through Ex-Yugoslavia and which is now Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Slovenia looking for Spomeniks.

Spomenik, which literally means Monument, were built in the 60s-70s under former Yugoslavian president Tito’s regime in homage to the communist resistance to the nazi occupation, they commemorate sites of important WWII battles or where concentration camps stood.

In the 80s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year but when Yugoslovia burst, many of them suffered from local wars and almost 30 years after the country dissolved, some are parts of official memorials, some are more or less maintained and others are totally abandoned.

Here is what’s left of 10 of these pieces of history.

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