It is today difficult to imagine all that went on the not so distant past, as the area is rather quiet. The ugly and ill-fitting monument to the revolution (officially called the Monument of Rebirth) stands in the middle of the square, and is unkindly referred to by locals as 'the olive on a cocktail stick.' A far better memorial to those killed is the wall of remembrance, on which the names of the 1058 victims of the revolution are engraved. The memorial ensemble also includes a bronze, seated statue of Iuliu Maniu, a former liberal Romanian prime minister imprisoned by the communists in 1947 who died in the most appalling conditions at the notorious Sighet prison in 1953.
Piata Revolutiei is also home to the Atheneum (perhaps Bucharest's finest building), the National Art Museum, the Cretulescu Church and the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel. A statue of Carol I (Romania's first king) stands in front of the National Library. There's more about the square in our extensive feature on Calea Victoriei.
The Athenee Palace has been one of Bucharest’s finest hotels for more than 100 years. It is a living piece of the city’s history - it dates from 1914. Books have been written about the goings on at this place (the best of which is Rosie Waldeck'
Probably the most celebrated historic church in Bucharest. Biserica Creţulescu was raised from 1720-2 by Iordache Creţulescu and his wife Safta, a daughter of Wallachian ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu. The outstanding paintings on the entrance are original
The country's largest, and most impressive art collection is housed inside the splendid former Royal Palace, first built in 1812 as a private home by the wealthy trader Dinicu Golescu. When his sons fell into financial ruin some years later, they were