the grand tour of communist ages at timisoara
In December 1989 the communist Romania could be considered as a mental-hospital where the lunatics were running the asylum and the “internees” were punished for their sanity. How did we get to have one of the most symbolic dictatorship regimes in the modern history? What and who are to be blamed for this tragic condition? And not the last, how did courageous people stood-up and repudiated the evil leaders? The Grand Tour of Communist Ages is trying to provide answers to these complex questions, and not only.
The Tour will start at the location of misfit club “SCARTZ Place Lejer” with a biography of the main character of this period: Nicolae Ceausescu, the cobbler’s apprentice who became later Romania’s “Fountain of Light”.
Further on, Julian, the tour-guide will unveil the 50-years geopolitical evolution that resulted in this tragic historical event known as the “Romanian Revolution of 1989”.
Following, the presentation will stop for a visit into the Communist Customer Museum, which is located at the basement of SCARTZ club. The museum is in fact a large collection of various objects, products from the Communist era, depicting an ordinary 2-rooms apartment.
The tour is continuing with a visit to the Anti-Communist Resistance Movement monument where the guide will explain how Romanians harshly opposed the communists during the ’50s and ’60s and how they faced deportations for their fearlessness.
We will than come back to the city-center explaining the local event that brought to the final point the bloody Ceausescu Regime- the Anti-Communist and Anti-Ceausist Revolution of Timisoara, visiting three representative locations:
– The Reformed Hungarian Church, the place where the uprising started in December 1989
– The local headquarter of the former Communist Party (County Council)
– The Cemetery of Revolution Heroes
In the end, we will stop to set-up conclusions at the Revolution Memorial of Timisoara, representative objective for Timisoara. With some luck can meet Mr. Traian Orban, the manager of Memorial, one of the revolutionaries wounded in Timisoara.
The grand-tour will last roughly 6 hours. Moving from a mentioned location to another we will use a car.
The entrance fee to the Revolution Memorial is 10 RON/person.
For the interested visitors having a limited available time we can conduct also a shorter version of the Grand Tour, having a 3-hours duration. In this case, the Tour will follow the next route: SCARTZ Club / Communist Customer Museum – Reformed Hungarian Church – Victory Square – Liberty Square – Revolution Memorial of Timisoara.