The Execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu, the end of communism in Romania

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In this tour we will visit the main places that were the basis for the support of the communist regime in Romania. The Revolution Square is the place where the communist regime collapsed în decembre 1989. Here was the head quarter at the Romanian Communist Party. You will visit the house where our dictator was living, Ceaușescu Mansion. You will see the house of free press, the place responsible for communist propaganda and fake news. In this tour you will visit also the military unit in Targoviste city where Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were shot on December 25, 1989. The place was inaugurated as a museum, Ceausescu couple were arrested here between December 22 and 25, 1989. You can visit the cell where the two spent their last days of life. They were tried and sentenced to death on December 25th in the same building. The sentence was enforced 5 minutes after the trial was completed in the inner courtyard of the building.

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Operated by: Dreamlike Journeys

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Stop At: Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei)

Revolution Square is a square in central Bucharest, on Calea Victoriei. It was renamed after the Romanian Revolution of December 1989. The square houses the building of the former Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party (from where Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife fled by helicopter on December 22, 1989). In 1990, the building became the seat of the Senate and since 2006 it houses the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ceausescu Mansion

There’s no better place to visit in Romania than Ceausescu Mansion to understand the double standards of the communist regime or the absurd cult of personality of one of its most ruthless dictators. Opened in 2016 for visitors, Ceausescu Mansion was back in the dark and freezing communist days one of the best-kept secrets of the regime. Only the closest members of the family and the highest rank party members had access to Ceausescu’s residence. Why all the secrecy you wonder if he was ‘the first son of the nation’ who was guiding Romania to the ‘Golden Age’?

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: House of the Free Press

The House of the Free Press (Casa Presei Libere), formerly called Casa Scânteii, is one of the landmarks of Bucharest reminiscent of the communist regime. The edifice was built during the regime (between 1952 and 1957) and served as headquarters of the party’s publication (Scânteia) being, thus, by design, an institution completely subject to the communist authorities. In reaction to this juncture, subsequently to the 1989 Revolution, the name of the building was changed into the House of the Free Press. The building combines elements promoted by the Russian Soviet architecture with details typical of the religious architecture cultivated in Wallachia and Moldavia. Just like most of the megastructures erected during the communist regime, the building strikes by its dimensions. The horizontal coordinate of the edifice exceeds its vertical line, and the difference is so considerable, that the aesthetic impact can hardly be overlooked.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena Ceausescu fled Bucharest on December 22, 1989 as a result of the beginning of the anti-communist revolution. On the same day they were arrested and imprisoned in the military base in Targoviste for the next three days. On December 25, they were tried for genocide in the same building. They were considered guilty and sentenced to death. They were shot in the inner courtyard of the building shortly after the court hearings were completed.

Duration: 1 hour
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