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The Reason

When I decided I was going to travel to the Balkans to go see the spomeniks, I quickly found that any sort of comprehensive definitive resource giving detailed information about them as a collective entity (as far as what they meant, why they were built, where they were, much less how to find them, etc) was next to non-existent. However, in the planning of my adventure, I was not about to let this lack of information be a roadblock to my trip, so, I spent weeks piecing together data and researching them on the internet until I was confident I had found the exact location of about 50 of them. My primary tools were foreign language websites and the process of scouring aerial photos of locations where I suspected they might be.

Then, during my time in the Balkans tracking down the spomeniks, I surprisingly ran across an American couple who were also on a similar trip exploring the spomeniks. They expressed to me similar frustrations about being able to find any comprehensive resources about them all online. At that point, I became determined to create a resource for others in the future to use who might want to go on a similar pilgrimage across the former-Yugoslavia to see the spomeniks. What I ended up creating was profile page for each notable spomenik here on this website which gives a brief history for each monument, recounting their meaning and how they came to be, who build them and what the plaques, engravings and graffiti around them mean... furthermore, I explored the symbolism of the monuments, and most importantly, exactly how to find them.

There is something deeply moving and intangible that one experiences when witnessing the spomeniks, seeing them in all their varied forms and conditions while understanding them all as one unit. Through creating this database and resource, I hope that more people across the world are able to visit them and experience those feelings for themselves.