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Nicolae Ceauşescu villa near Drobeta Turnu Severin

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Nicolae Ceauşescu (January 26, 1918–December 25, 1989) was the leader of Romania from 1965 until December 1989, when a revolution and coup removed him from power. The self-called revolutionaries’ representatives held a two-hour trial and sentenced him to death for crimes against the state, genocide, and “undermining the national economy.” The hasty trial has been criticized as a kangaroo court. His subsequent execution marked the final act of the Revolutions of 1989.

Ceauşescu built 15 luxury palaces around Romania including a riverside villa at Gura Văii, near Drobeta Turnu Severin, on a hill, with a very beautiful view of the Danube and Iron Gates.

The Iron Gate is a gorge that lies between Romania in the north and Serbia in the south. At this point, the river separates the southern Carpathian Mountains from the northwestern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The Romania side of the gorge constitutes the Iron Gate natural park, on the other bank, in Serbia, is located the Đerdap national park. (Wikipedia)

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