Exploring Truth Palace - An abandoned newspaper HQ in Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest is a city which many feel has little to offer visitors. But scratch below the surface and the city is one of the most interesting places I have visited. One fascinating site I encountered was ‘Truth Palace’ (Palatul Adevarul in Romanian), a building which housed the city's first newspaper, back in 1898. Today this huge complex in the very heart of the city, lays empty and crumbling. I went to explore.
Originally designed by architect Stephen Ciocârlan, the building has been controlled by various different powers over its 117 years of life. During the second world war it was requisitioned by the Germans and the “Bukarester Tageblatt” printed. After 1951 the communists printed the “Star” paper which was eventually privatised after the revolution and the offices moved elsewhere.
Today it sits in a very sorry state, with a single guard at it’s door. Slip him a small bribe and in you go…
From the road the building looks rather innocuous, with the entrance leading into a small passageway. But once you emerge out into the courtyard, you suddenly see just how immense this building is.
Like all good explorers we started in the basement, slipping down some stairs from the courtyard. There is still evidence of large machinery down there, and the rooms feel like they went on forever. Junk fills much of them, obviously having build up over years of neglect. Eventually we climbed up and out finding ourselves in another part of the building.
Climbing the floors
The concrete stairs are still somewhat in tact, so climbing up through the building is no problem. And each floor has something of interest, from the theatrical stage with Greek style pillars on each side, to the rotting wooden room dividers, or hidden janitors office. All decorated with the beauty of decay.
Eventually we made it to the roof, the place where all good explorations end. It was a bizarre feeling to be on the top of a such a large derelict building, while surrounded by central Bucharest's hustle and bustle, office blocks and churches. Yet there we were. Taking a well deserved rest, before making our way back out and away into the real world again.