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Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-89) and his wife Elena (1921-89) are buried at Ghencea Cemetery, on B-dul Ghencea. Their son Nicu (1951-96) is also buried here. Apart from curious tourists, you'll also find groups of the old faithful placing flowers on the grave, misguidedly convinced that life was better before 1989 than after. The grave itself is on the left side of the central alley, in the last plot just before the little church. His wife is lying in a somewhat neglected grave, marked by a scraggy wooden cross, on the opposite side of the alley, and Nicu's is topped with a grandiose, white and black marble tomb. It lies opposite the church, on the left side. To get to Ghencea Cemetery, take trams N°8, 47, 58, bus N°385 from Piata Unirii or buses N°173, 203, 204, 214, 303.
Ghencea Military Cemetery
410 29 87
On the right side of the civil cemetery, the military part is of interest for the graves of the Romanian aviators who died in service. Their graves are adorned with propeller blades painted in the Romanian colours. Take trams N°8, 47, 58, bus N°385 from Piața Unirii or buses N°173, 203, 204, 214, 303.
Calea Serban Vodă
The heroes cemetery is home to some 281 white marble graves of demonstrators killed during the 1989 revolution in Bucharest. Most died in their teens, killed by people who still haven't been brought to justice. The identical graves, sometimes adorned with the Romanian flag, are guarded by an honour guard. The new, three-domed Church of the Martyr Heroes ( Biserica Eroilor Martiri
, tel. 647 29 28/644 54 68), dominates the left side of the cemetery. To visit, surface at the Eroi Revoluției metro station.
This Ottoman war cemetery, set in front of Ghencea Cemetery, has 1,333 Turkish war graves. The Muslim cemetery continues to serve Bucharest's dwindling Turkish community.
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