Bucharest | Romania | Mid-century / Soviet-era Concrete and Design Stuff
Hero's Memorial | Carol Park |
Horia Maicu and Nicolae | 1963 |
Built in honour of revolutionary socialist militants. Post-communism it was (instead) dedicated to the Unknown Soldier 1991.
Bucharest reminded me of being in Argentina. Or São Paulo. Sometimes Mexico City. It was kind of typical faded-grandeur, dictatorship, revolution-vibe, but with its own Romanian feel.
Obviously there is a whole smattering of communist-style architecture (so I’ll throw East Germany into that above list too) albeit the DDR were socialist and not corrupt-communism, as Romania was under that demon Ceausescu. They both shared the same status though – countries aligned with the Soviets but not actually part of the USSR. So there are A LOT of DDR bits and pieces lying about. Mostly in the flea markets.
I LOVED it there. AND, your money – your Lei – goes a LONG way – my Airbnb was £19 a night and one of the best I’ve stayed in (which is over 100, so trust me.) Your dinner will set you back around £15, and that’s including a couple of drinks (Romanian beer: Ursus) and 3-courses.
Thinking it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to own one of the numerous decrepit-yet-beautiful, turn-of-the-century villas to renovate. So many semi-derelict ones to choose from. Pft. Like I ever will. Did I also say Bucharest felt like Vienna in places? And maybe a bit like Milan. Anyway, I mostly have a fetish for the whole iron-curtain thing so yeah. Bucharest. Go.