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IAȘI PRESENTATION

Iași is the second largest city in Romania, the former capital of the Principality of Moldova for 300 years and the Capital of Romania during the First World War. It is known as the "city of 100 churches", with the largest Orthodox Christian pilgrimage in Romania in mid-October.

The city is located on seven hills, such as Rome, Istanbul and Lisbon, and the old city is located on one of the city's sunny terraces, called the "Golden Plateau", between the Palace of Culture and the Central University Library.

There are almost 400 thousand inhabitants in Iasi, along with 60,000 students (of which 2,500 foreign students) registered at five state faculties. The latter are currently giving the greatest momentum and have supported, in recent years, the unprecedented development of the city's new industries. Most people from Iași work in the field of IT and outsourced services (over 22,000 people), mostly young people. Iasi is also a regional medical center, with numerous specialized clinics and the largest antibiotic factory in Romania. Iasi also produces construction bricks, car parts, bakery products, wines and craft beer on a large scale. If you come to Iasi, make sure you taste the local products!

City architecture

The architecture of the city is a complex one, which makes Iași a real open-air museum. In your walks through Iasi you will discover:

  • Moldovan-style church (Nicolae Domnesc Church, Three Hierarchs Monastery, Golia Monastery) or Renaissance (Metropolitan Cathedral)
  • Neoclassical palaces built by the Iasi aristocracy before 1800 (Civil Status, Post Office, Union Museum, Children's Palace)
  • Belle-époque buildings (1870-1920) in French style (Hotel Traian, University Palace, City Hall, National Theater and National Opera, French Institute)
  • buildings with neo-Gothic facades (Palace of Culture, Great Station, State Philharmonic of Moldova)
  • civil constructions in neo-Romanian style from the interwar period (University Museum, Former Chamber of Commerce)
  • public buildings in the style of the communist period (Unirea Hotel, Romanian Academy, Book House, National Bank)
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In addition to the monumental, surprising architecture, you will discover places full of memory. The beautiful or tragic stories of the Jewish community that marked, for more than a hundred years, the history of the city, are told in the House of Museums - a special place, recently opened in Iasi. Here you will also find memories of communism, the emotions of poetry and literature rendered in a contemporary way. The Municipal Museum is also a place that amply describes the evolution of the city and its connection with the Royal House of Romania.

The absolute symbol of the city is the Palace of Culture, a masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture, with romantic elements of the medieval period: ramparts (like teeth) at the base of the roof, central watchtower, spearmen on the roof, bastions (round) at the corners of the tower, plains paint on the facade of the tower. This is an architectural restoration of the former Royal Palace of Moldova, where Cuza was elected Lord of Moldova and where the history of the principality was written before the Union with Wallachia. Currently, the building houses four museums: History of Moldova, Art, Ethnography, Science and Technology. These, together with the Clock Tower, offer a visiting experience of at least 3 hours.

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Two places in the city have become famous abroad. The first, the “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theater, which also hosts the Romanian National Opera in Iași, was considered by the BBC in 2015 as one of the most beautiful theaters in the world, in the “Top 7 Breathtaking Theaters”. The Theater Hall is a baroque jewel, with gilded stuccos, allegorical paintings, gallant lodges, offering a beautiful experience to the spectator. The second, the Old Library of Gh. Asachi University, located in the University Palace of Copou, reached the 33rd place in the top of the most "Majestic Libraries in the World". You can see it during the week, from Monday to Friday (09-15h), except in August.

Iași is a place of nostalgia, of great loves, of friendship between the classics of literature Mihai Eminescu and Ion Creangă, city of Eminescu's Lime Tree in Copou Park, a relaxed place where you can shape your time as you want.