Piata Revolutiei was where the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu finally came to an end, on December 21st and 22nd 1989. It was from the roof of the former Central Committee Building - today the Ministry of the Interior - that Ceausescu fled in a helicopter on the afternoon of the 22nd. Today, the enormous square is dominated by a monument to the revolution in the centre, unkindly called by locals 'an olive on a stick.' There is much more to the area, however, not the least of which are two of Bucharest's finest hotels - the Athenee Palace Hilton and the Radisson Blu - as well as the Atheneum, perhaps the Romanian capital's most elegant building. The former Royal Palace - today the National Art Museum - dominates one side, while the section of Calea Victoriei directly north and south of the square is home to the city's finest stores: you will find all the leading international fashion houses in and around the square.