The former residence of the Ceausescu family, Primaverii Palace (Spring Palace), will soon open to the public, following a proposal of the Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue.
“The Primaverii Palace, former residence of the Ceausescu family, will soon open not only for protocol events, but also to the public, who is entitled to see an important part of the country’s history. It’s the building where Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu, alongside their children Nicu, Zoe and Valentin lived in the last 25 years of the two spouses’ lives,” reads a post on the ministry’s Facebook page.
The building, was built during 1964-1965 according to the indications of the former Communist dictator and his wife, has over 80 rooms, including a cinema, a swimming pool and an impressive wardrobe, the source reads. The area was considered one of maximum security. No car and no pedestrians were allowed on the boulevards surrounding the palace.
The legend has it that a tunnel would link the villa to the sports base on the lake’s shore, where the communist party’s meetings took place.
After December 1989, the protocol villa has been managed by the state protocol administration and hosted several official delegations. Due to the high maintenance expenses, the state put the protocol villa up for sale in 2014.
A permanent exhibition is also planned.