Nicoale Ceausescu summary
Nicolae Ceausescu is by far one of the most controversial communist leaders of Romania. He was known world wide because of close close relations with the world’s major communist rulers: Kim ir Sen – North Korea, China, Iran, Libya and pro-democracy policy: visits to the US and meetings with Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, or Queen Elizabeth in the UK.
Ceausescu was both loved and disowned by the people. The turning point of his career is his visit to the Asian communist countries, which marks the beginning of the personality cult. In the diplomatic tour organized in North Korea, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Ceausescu is deeply impressed by the Asian communism model. Inspired by the Maoist and Stalinist practices, he begins to organize the his personality cult.
Cult of personality, involvement in megalomanic architectural projects such as: the construction of the House of the People, the Transfagarasan Road, the rationalization of food and energy, the precarious comunist economy have thrown Romania into a crisis. The socio-economic tensions, the world political context, led to the Revolution of 1989, solved with the overthrow of the Communist government in Romania and the execution of the Ceusescu dictatorial couple: Elena and Nicolae
Visit the Ceausescu Mansion – find out how the romanian dictator lived
After more than a quarter of a century, in which the dictator’s personal life was a taboo subject, now Ceausescu’s House, is open to visitors. Situated in the northern part of the city, in the vicinity of Herastrau Park, in an exclusive area of Bucharest: the Primaverii neighborhood. Ceausescu Mansion is also known as Primaverii Palace.
At Ceausescu’s mansion luxury combined with kitsch specific to communism is in their element.
Ceausescu Mansion Highlights
– Primaverii Palace, (the residence of the husbands Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu), was built in the 60’s, with the participation of a group of elite Romanian architects;
– Ceausescu Palace was permanently inhabited by the Ceausescu family until 1989 when the Romanian Revolution took place, the overthrow of the communist regime and the execution of the Ceausescu couple;
-the Ceausescu Mansion has an area of 3,600 sqm and over 80 rooms: private apartments, conjugal bedroom, cinema hall, greenhouses, offices, Ceausescu’s personal office, interior gardens, stylish salons, swimming pool, SPA;
– luxury and kitsch specific to communism, the opulence is in their element: mosaics, walls stuck with paintings and massive wood panels, marble, agglomeration of decorative elements, etc.
– Ceausescu House is in a very good state of preservation, with most intact decorative elements;
– REMEMBER: During the Communist regime, it was almost impossible for the common man to reach the Ceausescu Palace. The area of the Primaverii neighborhood was for the Party’s elite, and the mere presence in the neighborhood could stir up the suspicion of the Secret Police: State Security.
– Likewise, the staff working in the House was carefully selected, checked by the State Security, and access was limited only to certain working areas;
Ceausescu Mansion visiting tips
Ceausescu’s House (aka Ceausescu Palace, Primaverii Palace) can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00;
Photoshooting is allowed without flash, videoshooting is restricted;
ATTENTION: to visit “Ceausescu’s House”, reservation is required 24 hours ahead.
Standard access : 35 RON / person; cash or card through POS;
How to get to Ceausescu Mansion
Metro: Aviatorilor Station, after walking amoung Charles de Gaulle Square, Primaverii Boulevard.