Ever wondered what the urban palace of the leader of one of the most repressive totalitarian governments in the history of the modern world looked like?
Casa Ceaușescu (or the Ceaușescu mansion, or the Primăverii Palace) was the private residence of Romania’s head of state during the latter half of the 20th century, Nicolae Ceaușescu. I love a good house museum, because it presents to its visitors a moment frozen in time (give or take a few ‘no touch’ signs), a space reflecting the character, routines, tastes, and hobbies of its inhabitants, but leaving the imagined way of moving around and living in its rooms up to you. And when the private quarters of a particularly influential and problematic individual are presented quite frankly and unproblematically, a house museum can feel rather uncanny – which is, I think, kind of a fun feeling!
Think dark polished woods, marble staircases, lots of gold, a casual home theatre, an indoor garden, a closet bursting with fur coats, and – best of all – a spectacular gold and pink bathroom.
Casa Ceaușescu is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am – 5pm
It can only be visited with a tour in English or Romanian, but the tours leave quite often (we only had to wait about 10 minutes) and the groups are small
A standard ticket will set you back 10EUR, and is payable by cash or card.
Check out this post to see how regular people live in Bucharest, and Nicolae Ceaușescu’s architectural influence on the city of Bucharest.
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