Nicolae Ceausescu’s residence opens to public

More than 25 years since his execution on Christmas Day, 1989, the former home of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu opens as a public museum this Saturday.

Built in the 1960s and known by the codename P50 during the communist period, the 80-room Palatul Primaverii (which translates as Spring Palace) served as a home for the Ceausescus for almost two decades.

While the building – which came with its own cinema and swimming pool – is relatively elegant from the outside, the interior is decorated throughout in a ghastly style. Chosen by Ceausescu’s wife, Elena, the decor is perhaps best described as neo-classical kitsch, complete with solid gold toilet roll holders.

FireShot Capture 43 - Palatul Primaverii din Bucuresti, fost_ - http___stirileprotv.ro_stiri_actua

To book a place on a tour (the only way you are allowed to visit), you need to phone a day in advance. You can also reserve a tour directly on the palace’s website. Tours in Romanian cost 30 lei (adults), 15 lei (children, students, pensioners). Under sevens are admitted for free. For a tour in English, an additional 15 lei is payable.

Photo credit Pro TV.

18 thoughts on “Nicolae Ceausescu’s residence opens to public

    1. Ah, it’s been pointed out to me that it’s probably a 15 Lei surcharge for English language tours. That’s far from clear on the website, though.

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  1. Any proof that the Ceasescu’s really lived there? That solid gold toilet roll holder looks as though it was only installed last week? Probably can find it in Brico Store?

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    1. They did live there.

      I visited in 1998 when it was being used to store various objets de kitsch which belonged to the couple, much of which was sold at auction. Bloke I knew bought a very tasteful pair of doorstops: one was a mini-statue of Nicolae, the other Elena.

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      1. The 600 Pullman is at the MusΓ©e des Voitures des Chef d’Etat (VΓ©zelay – France).

        The 350 SL which belonged to Nicu Ceausescu (Ceausescu’s son; he killed a person while he was driving it drunk) will be up for auction on March the 19th at the Stuttgart Mercedes Museum (starting price 30.000 Euro). You can go bid on it.

        The Paykan Hillman-Hunter was sold at an Artmark auction in December 2014 to an Iranian couple living in Germany.

        He used a few other cars which I can’t remember right now…

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      2. Good list!

        The Spitfire was sold in the 70s. Last heard of in 1981, owned by a Romanian enthusiast.

        CX is a hoax. As is the Bugatti. Although there were a couple in Communist Romania!

        Have heard of a Ford Sierra, also a Ford Escort convertible, used by Nicu.

        You missed a Dacia 1100, now owned by ACR.

        The truth is that Western cars – even newish ones – in Communist Romania were not that unusual. Quite a few were imported privately and/or used by embassies.

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  2. How come it’s only opening now 26 years later? Who has been maintaining it all of this time? If it’s anything like the Palace tour it will be awful. Always try to wander off these official communist tours. It is possible.

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