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Schitul Maicilor


Pictures & video of the East German uprising of 1953 accompanied by the first few minutes of the second movement of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

Pictures & video of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 accompanied by the last few minutes of the second movement of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

Pictures & video of the "Prague Spring" uprising of 1968 accompanied by the last few minutes of the fourth movement of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.









Biserica Bunavestire - Schitul Maicilor, Bucuresti

"The Annunciation" - Schitul Maicilor ["Nuns Skete"] Church

finished in 1726


One of several Bucharest churches moved from their original location during the communist dictatorship and dumped behind new highrise buildings.

After the devastating earthquake of 1977 Nicolae Ceausescu realized that he can remodel Bucharest on a large scale. An area larger than historic Venice [250 hectares] was demolished to make way for a new administrative center. In total 27 orthodox churches, 6 synagogues and 3 protestant churches were demolished all over the town during that time. After a unique, brave and singular protest of several historians only 7 historically important churches were "saved" by relocation behind large buildings, to make them "invisible". The translation was technically done by first pouring a reenforced concrete foundation underneath the church and then slowly moving it to the new location on rails.

People used to joke back then that Bucharest was the only city in the world to have its own unique traffic sign: CAUTION, CROSSING CHURCHES [like the deer crossing sign]






Ceauşima [Ceausescu+Hiroshima]

Ceauşima ("Ceaushima") is a vernacular word construction in Romanian, sarcastically linking former communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu to Hiroshima. This portmanteau term was sometimes coined in the 1980s to describe the huge urban areas of Bucharest that Ceauşescu ordered torn down, comparing the results with the nuclear attack on Hiroshima.


Statism [etatism]


Architecture and Power

Arhitectura și Puterea

[1993 Romanian documentary about Bucharest from 1930s to 1980s] [trailer]


THE SOVIET STORY [2008 documentary]


Nineteen Eighty-Four [George Orwell]


Brazil [1985 movie]


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Taken on July 4, 2011