Nicolae Ceausescu’s Villa

NICOLAE CEAUSESCU’S VILLA

On my last day in Bucharest, I visited the Primaverii Palace, Nicolae Ceausescu’s private villa.  For 25 years since the fall of Communism, the villa was unused.  After trying unsuccessfuly to sell it, the Romanian government decided to open it to the public in March 2016, barely two months before my visit.

Nicolae Ceausescu Villa Courtyard
Nicolae Ceausescu Villa Courtyard

The villa is a stark contrast to the hundreds of Communist-era apartment blocks still spread across the city.  I toured nearly all 80 rooms, including the indoor pool, home cinema, gardens and bedrooms.

Nicolae Ceausescu Indoor Pool
Nicolae Ceausescu Indoor Pool

 The house is wildly ornate, with Romanian marble and gold in many rooms.

Nicolae Ceausescu Bedroom
Nicolae Ceausescu Bedroom

Since the house has been untouched for years, you can still see his original suits, pajamas and black & white television!

Nicolae Ceausescu TV
Nicolae Ceausescu TV

Ceausescu had an odd fondness for peacocks, and the grandson of his peacock still lives on the property.

Nicolae Ceausescu Peacock
Nicolae Ceausescu Peacock

If you’re interested in visiting the Primaverii Palace, more information is available here.  Tours are 45lei (about 10 USD).

My trip to Nicolae Ceausescu’s home was part of my larger trip to Bulgaria and Romania.  See the rest of the trip here:

Bucharest

Bulgaria

Dracula & Peleș Castle

Jews in Romania

Transylvania