Authoritarian folly...

by David Swatton May. 27, 2014 3398 views

Just back from a quick visit to Romania. Most of the time spent in the Carpathian mountains but we had a brief tour round Bucharest first.

This is Nicolae Ceausescu's infamous “People's Palace”, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. To finance the project, Ceausescu had to take on enormous foreign debts and in order to repay them he systematically starved the Romanian people, exporting all of the country's agricultural and industrial production as the standard of living in Romania sank to an all time low. Food-rationing, gas electric and heating blackouts became everyday norms; people lived in squalor and poverty as the Ceausescu's themselves exhibited outrageous extravagance.

There's an irony in there that the People's Palace which was never meant for the people provided one of the catalysts for the revolution in which the people overthrew the Ceausescu regime. He never saw the building completed as he died before its completion… as the tour guide said “We helped him out with that!”

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Kenny H 7 years, 3 months ago

Excellent composition of building and sky. Love this B&W.

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Gillian Parsons 7 years, 3 months ago

A fantastic capture.

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Pete 7 years, 3 months ago

stunning photo Sir

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