Fascist and Stalinist architectures – two for the price of one

The building of the Interior Affairs Ministry of Romania, the former Communist Party’s Central Committee headquarters, from where dictator Ceausescu fled at the start of the 1989 Revolution, has a chechered architectural background. It started as a Fascist, Mussolinian style design in the late 1930s, during the fascist dictatorship. The works were stopped because of the war, and got finished in the 1950s with Stalinist heavy touches during the first year of the communist dictatorship in Romania.

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

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

Book review – Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism (via Diana Mandache’s Weblog)

Book review - Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended it, and Emerged as the New Italy Since 1989, by Sheilah Kast and Jim Rosapepe, Bancroft Press, 400 pp, hardback,  November 2009 The United States throughout the Cold War decades has been a beacon of democracy and freedom for the peoples of Eastern Europe. Americans and their representatives were enthusiastically received in the region as friends and liberators after the momentous 1989 revol … Read More

via Diana Mandache’s Weblog