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Piata Revolutiei

Listed under Squares, Streets & Urban Spaces in Bucharest, Romania.

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Once called Palace Square, this large ‘Piata’ was renamed to commemorate the Romanian Revolution against Communist rule. It is bounded on all sides by buildings of architectural and historic significance, including the Bucharest University Library, the National Museum of Art of Romania (inside the former Royal Palace) and the Athenee Palace.

It’s hard not to stop in front of the former Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party building and imagine how it must have felt for the crowds in the square on 22nd December 1989 when, after a series of violent demonstrations, protesters finally breached government security and broke in, and Ceausescu escaped by helicopter, only to be caught and executed three days later.

The strikingly modern Memorial of Rebirth, also to be found on the square, honours those who fought for freedom and died during the revolution, and celebrates the resurrection of Romania’s national identity.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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