The Romanian Revolution of 21 years ago today

I have been a participant in the historical watershed event that affected Romania in December 1989, which led to the violent overthrow of the communist dictatorship and paved the way to the first hesitant steps toward democracy after a 42 year hiatus since King Michael was forced to abdicate on 30 December 1947. Bellow are two of my articles on subjects related to the Romanian Revolution, published previously on this blog; just click the image to access the relevant article:

The Romanian Revolution of 1989- Twenty Years On. A Book Review
The BATTLE SCAR PEDIGREE of Bucharest’s period buildings: relics of the 1989 Revolution

Art Deco doorways

Bellow is a selection of Art Deco style doorways from the 1930s Romania, a minuscule sample of the immense variety of Art Deco designs and shapes that embellish the urban landscape from this corner of Europe.

Art Deco style doorway dating from the mid-1930s, Icoanei area, Bucharest. The design contains two main motifs: sunbursts and ocean waves. (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco style doorways, dating from the late-1930s, Romana area, Bucharest; design inspired from industrial-modernist archetypes. (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco style doorways, dating from the mid-1930s, Domenii area, Bucharest. The door architrave/ wall opening is a Neo-Romanian style design, while the door itself is Art Deco. (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco style doorways, dating from the mid-1930s, Campina. The door architrave is an Art Deco design, while the door is a mix of Neo-Romanian and Little Paris style designs. (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco style doorways, dating from the early 1930s, Magheru area, Bucharest. The design resembles a flowery Art Deco type often encountered in Spain or Italy. (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco style doorways, dating from the mid-1930s, Cotroceni area, Bucharest; classical motifs like columns and entablature within an Art Deco framework. (©Valentin Mandache)


I endeavor through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.


If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.