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Memory, history, architecture

Bucarest burns? Namely restoration of monuments and urban policy in Romania during the regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu
During the first decade of the communist regime imposed in Romania by Nicolae Ceauşescu, a significant promotion of archeological research as well as restoration, which were carried out on ancient and medieval monuments, is recorded. They were, mainly, interventions in which the intention to reconstruct the spatiality of the monument prevailed rather than the preservation of its original values; the purpose of the regime was to look for legitimacy in the national history tradition, in particular in the Dacian-Roman origins. After the abolition, in 1977, of the Direction of the National Cultural Heritage, every activity aimed at preserving the architectural heritage was suppressed. The Eighties were characterized by extensive demolition and imposing constructions; even the earthquake which in the same year shook the Country became an occasion to quicken the process of the removal of material signs of the past, for a refined modernization of urban areas.
pagine: 161-172
DOI: 10.4399/97888548778259
data pubblicazione: Dicembre 2015
editore: Aracne