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Haunting Architectural Relics of a Country That No Longer Exists -National Geographic

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This large winged sculpture in Podgarić, Croatia
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

This large winged sculpture in Podgarić, Croatia, holds a crypt with the remains of hundreds of Partisan soldiers who died while being treated at nearby hospitals.

The Serbian uprising against the Ustaše militia on Petrova Gora mountain in Croatia is honored by a monument that's 12 stories tall.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

The Serbian uprising against the Ustaše militia on Petrova Gora mountain in Croatia is honored by a monument that's 12 stories tall.

Three fists represent the Serbian, Jewish, and Roma victims killed at this site near Niš, Serbia, by Nazi occupiers from early 1942 to late 1944.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Three fists represent the Serbian, Jewish, and Roma victims killed at this site near Niš, Serbia, by Nazi occupiers from early 1942 to late 1944.

This monument for the victims of the Battle of the Sutjeska in Bosnia and Herzegovina took about seven years to complete.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

This monument for the victims of the Battle of the Sutjeska in Bosnia and Herzegovina took about seven years to complete.

Partisans gathered here on Kosmaj Mountain in 1941 to plan their battles against occupying Axis forces.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Partisans gathered here on Kosmaj Mountain in 1941 to plan their battles against occupying Axis forces.

Underneath this monument on Freedom Hill in Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia, is a crypt which contains the remains of 284 fallen fighters from the Yugoslavian Army who liberated this area during World War Two.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Underneath this monument on Freedom Hill in Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia, is a crypt which contains the remains of 284 fallen fighters from the Yugoslavian Army who liberated this area during World War Two.

Sitting on a high peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this monument remembers the fierce battle when thousands of Partisan fighters and predominately Serbian civilians were killed or deported to Ustaše concentration camps during the summer of 1942.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Sitting on a high peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this monument remembers the fierce battle when thousands of Partisan fighters and predominately Serbian civilians were killed or deported to Ustaše concentration camps during the summer of 1942.

Three monoliths evoking a gun barrel honor a confrontation in 1941 between Partisans and Germans in Štulac, Serbia.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Three monoliths evoking a gun barrel honor a confrontation in 1941 between Partisans and Germans in Štulac, Serbia.

About three hundred desperate Serbian peasants, armed only with pitchforks, died attacking members of the Ustaše militia in 1942 at the top of this mountain in Novo Selo Palanječko, Croatia.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

About three hundred desperate Serbian peasants, armed only with pitchforks, died attacking members of the Ustaše militia in 1942 at the top of this mountain in Novo Selo Palanječko, Croatia.

Engraved with the names of the 62 fallen Partisan soldiers, this monument complex stands over a crypt in Vogošća, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Engraved with the names of the 62 fallen Partisan soldiers, this monument complex stands over a crypt in Vogošća, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Many of the men who died here in Sinj, Croatia, were members of the Worker's Football Club of Split.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Many of the men who died here in Sinj, Croatia, were members of the Worker's Football Club of Split.

Meant to symbolize a budding flower, this monument commemorates the hospital and medical staff that cared for the wounded Partisan soldiers in Korčanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Meant to symbolize a budding flower, this monument commemorates the hospital and medical staff that cared for the wounded Partisan soldiers in Korčanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In Kragujevac, Serbia, hundreds of students and teachers were killed by German troops in October of 1941.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

In Kragujevac, Serbia, hundreds of students and teachers were killed by German troops in October of 1941.

A large amphitheater was built in the center of this memorial complex in Užice, Serbia, to host educational presentations for schools and 'Young Pioneer' meetings.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

A large amphitheater was built in the center of this memorial complex in Užice, Serbia, to host educational presentations for schools and 'Young Pioneer' meetings.

In 1978, Yugoslavia'a President Josip Tito personally inaugurated this monument on Mount Makljen in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Yugoslav forces defended the Neretva River valley from Axis troops.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

In 1978, Yugoslavia'a President Josip Tito personally inaugurated this monument on Mount Makljen in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Yugoslav forces defended the Neretva River valley from Axis troops.

Stainless steel soars more than 30 feet out of the ground, with stylized human faces to tell the story of a small group of Partisan soldiers attempting to rebel against Axis forces in Ostra, Serbia.
Photograph by Sylvain Heraud

Stainless steel soars more than 30 feet out of the ground, with stylized human faces to tell the story of a small group of Partisan soldiers attempting to rebel against Axis forces in Ostra, Serbia.

Source: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/former-yugoslavia-monuments/

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