Sightseeing in Iasi
If you are new in town there are a number of city landmarks that shouldn’t be missed:Palace of Culture – the landmark of the city
The Palace was inaugurated in 1926 by King Ferdinand I, one of Romania’s greatest leaders. This impressive flamboyant neo-gothic building served as Administrative Palace and then as The Palace of Justice until 1955. Nowadays it is the city’s main attraction and it was assigned to house the Moldavia National Museum. Also the building houses Iasi’s County Library and various exhibitions and other events.
“Exquisite piece of architecture, in neo-gothic flamboyant style. The surroundings are also superb. Some tourist objectives are obvious, but many others need to be discovered after the next corner.”
Nickolaus from Strasbourg
The National Theatre located in Iasi is the oldest of its kind and one of the most prestigious theatrical institutions in Romania. The main hall has 750 seats and it is decorated with baroque and rococo sculptures and paintings, which are complimented by the Venetian chandelier which enlightens the room with 109 crystal bolts. Every season the country’s greatest actors perform a wide variety of national and international plays for the local audience.
The largest Orthodox Cathedral in the country, it is famous for housing the relics of St. Paraschiva. Built in Italian Renaissance style, between 1833 and 1839, the cathedral still uses one of the original bells in its northeast spire which has on its inside an inscription saying that is was made from four Turkish army cannons, captured in the War of 1829 – 1829. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from Romania and neighboring countries come to Iasi to visit Saint Paraschiva’s relics.
The Union Square
The central nod from where all City tours start, skirted by hotel Traian, which was built by the Eiffel Company, creators of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Three Hierarchs Monastery
A beautiful prayer carved in stone, a unique and original mixture of Oriental, Moldavian and Western European art elements and an architectural jewelry box that reflects the cosmopolitan spirit of the city.
Roznoveanu Palace / The City Hall
Built in 1832 to the design of Gustav Frey Wald, this neoclassical Viennese-style palace houses the City Hall, decorated with marble statues of mythological characters such as Diana and Apollo, being considered at that time grander than all other mansions in Iasi.
The Botanical Garden
Iasi’s Botanical Garden is the oldest and largest in Romania, dating from 1856 and covering approximately 250 acres. The garden houses a interesting and rich collection of trees, flowers and other plants. Here are numerous shady lanes, rose and orchid gardens, a collection of tropical and carnivorous plants, natural springs and a lake to explore.