The Memorial of Rebirth (Memorialul Renaşterii in Romanian) is a memorial in Bucharest, Romania that commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, which overthrew Communism. The memorial complex was inaugurated in August 2005 in Revolution Square, where Romania's Communist-era dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu, was publicly overthrown in December 1989.
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Beautiful architecture. Saw from Wikipedia that this monument was too abstract and some of the citizens did not like it. Below is the courtesy from Wikipedia which I think it's interesting to know. I have seen the red paint splashed at the top of the monument, vandalism at the bottom and 2 policeman guarding "Owing to its relative unpopularity, the monument is guarded round-the-clock. Despite this, on the night of 12 May 2006, it was vandalized with a stencil graffiti figure representing the fictional revolutionary character "V" on the side facing the National Museum of Art. In 2012 the monument was defaced a second time with a splash of bright red paint that was delivered just at the bottom of the monument's "potato" by an unknown person. This caused the monument to look as though it is bleeding. The paint is so inaccessibly high that it has remained in place since it was placed there." Regardless what design it was, I felt that one should not vandalize the monument as it had a significant memorial and history. It was indeed sad.
Not really sure what is the spire supposed to symbolize. However the monument seems in need of maintenance as marble tiles in the base are cracking. Would ne nice if the Sirius be some explanation about the shape of the memorial.
It is absolutely hard to comprehend the vision of the artist.....combine this with bad position for exposure and you get rejection from most people that see it. Black dot on the overall beauty of Bucharest !
The Memorial of Rebirth in Bucharest commemorates the struggle and victims of the Revolution of 1989 which saw the end of Communist rule in Romania. The memorial complex was inaugurated in August 2005 and is located in Revolution Square, the place where Romania's Communist-era dictator, Nicolae Ceauşescu, was publicly overthrown in December 1989. The memorial, designed by Alexandru Ghilduş, features as its centrepiece a 25-metre-high marble pillar reaching up to the sky, upon which a metal "crown" is placed. The pillar stands amid a 600 m² plaza covered in marble and granite. Its initial name was the "Eternal Glory to the Heroes of and the Romanian Revolution of December 1989" (Glorie Eternă Eroilor şi Revoluţiei Române din Decembrie 1989). The name alludes to Romania's rebirth as a nation after the collapse of Communism.
A lot of disputes about this monument, a lot of ugly discussion about the vision and the intentions of the author - too bad for all these! The symbolism of the artwork is, somehow, difficult to understand but, who knows? I've liked the characters from the base of the monument and I disliked how this piece of art (it is in the front of three headquarters of Romanian Government) is kept by the local administration: broken stones, broken pavement and so on...
To me at least, the Rebirth Memorial is a slightly puzzling, bordering on the bizarre, monument. Perhaps precisely for that reason, a visit to Bucharest wouldn't seem complete without having seen this unique monument; it's just different enough to be interesting. There are a couple of other statues in the immediate vicinity that are somewhat evocative in their own right as well. If expectations of grandeur are managed, this place reveals a bit of Bucharest's distinctive personality and is worth a brief visit.