3-hour exploration of Communist Bucharest
- 3 hr3 hours
- 20 euros€20
- Bell tower on Aleea Dealul Mitropoliei, no. 19
In this 3-hour walking tour, you will learn about the major landmarks and events in the Communist history of Bucharest, the violent beginnings of the Communist regime, the nationalization and forced demolition of thousands of houses, the People's House (currently, the Palace of the Parliament), dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his megalomania, and the bloody anti-Communist revolution of 1989. The tour tells the story of the conflict between two worlds - a brutalized Bucharest under the Communist regime and the peaceful and prosperous Bucharest of the interwar period. You will learn about why Bucharest is such a striking mix of very different architectural styles, how each regime has left its mark on the city, and how the city looked and what its inhabitants went through in their daily lives under Communism. You will re-live the emotions of the anti-Communist Revolution and the fall of the Iron Curtain. We'll explore: > The Patriarchy Hill, and the violent beginning of Communism > The magnificent Bragadiru Palace, and the abandoned Bragadiru Brewery > The former House of Science and Technology > Historic Cosbuc and Uranus neighborhoods, and how they were impacted by nationalization and demolition during Communism > Antim Monastery, the Nuns' Convent, and the role of religion under Communism > The Palace of the Parliament, and its real story > The former Boulevard of the Victory of Socialism, Bucharest's version of the Champs-Élysées > former headquarters of Securitate (Communist secret police), and their interrogation methods > famous Caru' Cu Bere Restaurant > Revolution Square and the violent fall of Romanian Communism We can also customize the tour to fit your particular interests.