A communist tour of Bucharest is a must do because the capital has been the main scene for most of the main events related to communism. Here is where our last king was forced to abdicate, where the feared Secret Police was created, where Ceausescu decided to build his new city by demolishing the old one, but also where he had his first and his last speech. During a 3 hours walking tour you will find out all the details related to communism as a doctrine and how it shaped the life of people by slowly stripping them of pride, individuality, religion and cultural identity. We will also visit important communist landmarks and you can observe, with the help of old pictures, how communism managed to change completely the aspect and architecture of Bucharest. You can see, touch and even take pictures with communist relics, you get the chance to taste an original communist sweet and you will receive an authentic traditional souvenir at the end of the tour.
The tour will start in front of Ceausescu’s greatest dream: the Palace of Parliament, second largest administrative building in the world, but only to have an introduction on how communism started and flourished in the beginning. Afterwards, we will visit the ruins of the Uranus neighbourhood that was demolished in order to build the new civic centre, but also churches (Saint Antim Monastery and Mihai Voda Church) that were moved in an innovative way in a desperate attempt of architects and engineers to save them from being sent into oblivion. Passing by the sad ruins of nationalized buildings, we will also see houses that barely escaped from being demolished on Justice Street. After that, we will cross on the other side of Dambovita, but not before learning what a huge influence Ceausescu had on its course. Our next stops will be related to the Romanian Revolution: traces of bullets, the place where the revolution started, the place where Ceausescu had his last speech, the Memorial of Rebirth, but also one of the headquarters of the former Secret Police (Securitate). The tour will end in the University Square where all the crosses show the sacrifices of the people that died for freedom during the Revolution and you will also be introduced in the post-communist history, especially the first tragic years of democracy.