Memorial of Pain in Sighetu Marmației: A Tribute to the Victims of Communism

The Memorial of Pain in Sighetu Marmației is a solemn and moving place, a memorial museum set up in the former communist prison, where the victims of the totalitarian regime in Romania are commemorated. Visiting this place offers a painful but necessary insight into the country's recent history.

A space of memory:

  • Walk in the footsteps of those who suffered in communist dungeons and discover cells transformed into exhibition spaces.
  • Admire the main building and inner courtyard, where moving monuments and exhibitions pay tribute to the victims.
  • It reflects on the atrocities of the communist regime and the struggle for freedom and democracy of those who endured the suffering.
  • Pay tribute to those who have passed away, honouring their memory and keeping history alive.

A journey through history:

  • Explore the three levels of the former prison, converted into museum rooms.
  • Visit the cells preserved as such, where important personalities such as Iuliu Maniu and Gh. I. Brătianu.
  • Discover the tragic stories of political prisoners, exposed through photographs, documents and personal objects.
  • Understands the impact of the communist regime on Romanian society and the importance of preserving historical memory.

Good to know:

  • Access:
    • By car: from Bucharest on DN1 to Pitesti, then on DN7C to Curtea de Argeș and on DJ703A to Sighetu Marmației (about 650 km)
    • By train: from Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca to Sighetu Marmației
  • Opening hours:
    • Every day, from 9:00 to 17:00
  • Prices:
    • Adults: 20 lei
    • Children (7-18 years): 5 lei
    • Free for children under 7 years
  • Additional information:
    • Guided tours are organized in Romanian and English.
    • There is a souvenir shop where you can buy information materials about the Memorial of Pain.
    • In the area you can find hostels and hotels for accommodation.

The Memorial of Pain invites you to discover a painful page of Romanian history, but also a symbol of hope and freedom. Visit this place to honour the memory of the victims of communism and never forget the price of freedom.



Further information:

  • The Memorial of Pain was inaugurated in 1997.
  • The museum contains over 50,000 exhibits, including photographs, documents, letters and personal belongings of political prisoners.
  • The Memorial of Pain is an important educational centre, which organizes conferences, seminars and workshops dedicated to the memory of the victims of communism.

We are waiting for you at the Memorial of Pain!