Revolution Square, Bucharest
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- Revolution Square, BucharestAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Dec 12, 2013
The Revolution Square symbolizes the beginning of a democratic Romania, in which in 1989 the brutish dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown by protesters and countless riots. He was famously last seen as acting ruler before him and his wife fled by helicopter from the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party. The square today hosts a series of museums, art galleries, and government buildings, as well as concerts that take place on notable holidays including for New Year's Eve.
- Revolution Square, BucharestMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4First to ReviewOct 26, 2013
Today Revolution Square is more a busy intersection of roads surrounded by museums, art galleries and government buildings. In 1989, however, it was the epicenter of the rebellion that toppled dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
- Revolution Square, BucharestMar 02, 2013
An important landmark in the history of Romania, you could say of European history in the late 20th century. The images of the December 1989 protests and riots that sparked the bloody Romanian Revolution and overthrow of the Ceausescu regime that were broadcast to the world were from this square (the very first protests actually started in the western city of Timisoara, in the Banat region). It spread like wildfire to other cities around the country, in Arad, Sibiu and Iasi. The tall monument on the right side of the square was built in memory of the 162 protesters who died here.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Revolution Square, BucharestMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersJan 15, 2013
This was right near our hotel so we went through it numerous times. It seemed like we discovered new things to see each time we traversed the area. The buildings are all interesting and there are sculptures that should not be missed.
- Revolution Square, BucharestMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2Aug 18, 2012
Revolution Square (Romanian: Piaţa Revoluţiei) is a square in central Bucharest, on Calea Victoriei. Known as Piaţa Palatului (Palace Square) until 1989, it was later renamed after the 1989 Romanian Revolution.
The former Royal Palace (now the National Museum of Art of Romania), the Athenaeum, the Athénée Palace Hotel, the University of Bucharest Library and the Memorial of Rebirth are located here. The square also houses the building of the former Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party (from where Nicolae Ceauşescu 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.
Prior to 1948, an equestrian statue of Carol I of Romania stood there. Created in 1930 by the Croatian and American sculptor Ivan Meštrović, the statue was destroyed in 1948 by the Communists, who never paid damages to the sculptor. In 2005, the Romanian Minister of Culture decided to recreate the destroyed statue from a model that was kept by Meštrović's family. In 2007, the Bucharest City Hall assigned the project to the sculptor Florin Codre, who is going to design an original statue of Carol inspired by Meštrović's model (most consider it a plagiarism).
In August 1968 and December 1989, the square was the site of a two mass meetings which represented the apogee and the nadir of Ceauşescu's regime. The 1968 moment marked the highest point in Ceauşescu's popularity, when he openly condemned the invasion of Czechoslovakia and started pursuing a policy of independence from Kremlin. The 1989 meeting was meant to emulate the 1968 assembly and presented by the official media as a "spontaneous movement of support for Ceauşescu", erupting in the popular revolt which led to the end of the regime.