Sudden Death Memorials in Bucharest: Distribution in Time and Space

  • Irina Stahl
  • Barry L. Jackson
Keywords: Bucharest, evolution in space, evolution in time, public space, religious practices, roadside memorials, sudden death memorials


Only one year after the 1989 revolution, which ended the communist rule of Romania, Bucharest experienced a significant increase in the placement of memorials commemorating people who died unexpectedly. This study examines the unique set of circumstances which lead to the resurgence of this long-standing practice and the reclamation of the urban public space for placement of these memorials. A total of 290 sudden death memorials, representing 313 individuals, were identified in Bucharest between 2000 and 2018.