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.